Japan’s Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S.
Hikikomori are effectively non-spiritual late capitalist monks; male young adults who “withdraw and remain in a single room they rarely, if ever, leave,” sometimes for years. Generally hikiomori are isolated in their family homes and remain dependent for minimal care on their parents, who they may not even interact or speak with. Estimates of the number of hikikomori range between 100,000 and 700,000. Close to a third of them start out as kids who refuse to go to school. One hikikomori, named Kacco says, “As long as I performed well in school, things were okay. But once I started to deviate just a little—they [parents, teachers] went to the extreme and started treating me incredibly coldly.”
The Atlantic

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