I have found this movie about Japan that an American guy directed. (The logo is funny because of its parody of the emergency exit logo.) I wonder why he picked the Hikikomori issue as his movie theme. I want to see it, and hopefully I will not be disappointed like when I watched Lost in translation.
Hikikomori is translated as "social withdrawal" directly. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said a Hikikomori is a person who has a condition in which they spend time at home and away from school or work for more than 6 months with only the contact of close family members. I introduced "Hikkii" in my 2channel article, Hikkii means a Hikikomori person. Ahhh Guess what? In 2004 September, they estimated there were 1 million people in Japan who are withdrawn from society. BBC called it "Japan's missing Million", yes that is exactly correct. Here is a very short FAQ about Hikikomori, they say basically, that young people in their teens and 20s withdraw themselves. But there are also Hikikomori in their 30s and 40s too. A serious part of this problem is that some hikikomori people turn out to be violent, it would be very hard for families of those type. NPO started to support Hikikomori people through their internet site and in other ways. Not only NPO, but also NHK(JP)-public TV channel-, and private sites (JP) offer support for people. It seems to be years of patient projects.
I read this Hikikomori guy's blog (JP). He talks about movies, music, TV shows, books, those entries are quite good. Since he says he does not go out more than once a month, he would get these through online shopping only. (He likes Paul Auster!) But regularly he suffers from his lack of motivation for life, ends up wondering about his individual value, and spends a lot of time searching for his identity. He said he's gotten slurs on his site, but I could sense he hurts most from these words "you are so exaggeratedly self-conscious". A popular novelist, Ryu Murakami , wrote this essay.(This interview is interesting to know more about Murakami.) He points out Hikikomori is a telling and serious distortion of how Japanese society remains childishly closed even now? ahh maybe.