Hikikomori in Japan

In this clip Norwegian host Bridget, subtitled in English, describes the occurrence of hikikomori. People with this condition seclude themselves in their room for years at a time.


In Japan alone, hikikomori occurs in 1 million young people with ages ranging between 25“ 35 years. Bridget speaks with Matsumoto from New Start, a program seeking to pull these recluses from their rooms. How do hikikimoris avoid having a social role? How has the internet aided in hikikimoris ability to remain in seclusion?