Hikikomori”, is defined by the Japanese Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry as people who have stayed in their home for six months or more without going to school, work or venturing out to socialise. Psychologists say this is not caused by laziness. Tamaki Saito, a Japanese psychologist has described living with the condition as being “tormented in the mind”.
"They want to go out in the world, they want to make friends or lovers, but they can't,”
541,000 15 to 39-year-olds are estimated to be living in isolation. An accurate picture of who is suffering from hikikomori is difficult to determine given the reclusive nature of those suffering from it.
The condition is far more common in men, who face huge pressures to succeed early in life, both at school and in their careers. It is also more prevalent among the well-educated.