Shutting Themselves In
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Maggie Jones article on Japan's 'hikikomori,' young people, 80 percent of them male, who retreat into their rooms for up to years at a time; phenomenon is variously attributed to smothering mothers, absent, overworked fathers, school bullying, lackluster economy, academic pressure and video games; estimates of number of hikikomori range between 100,000 and 320,000, but one is as high as one million, 1 percent of population; problem affects not just hikikomori and their families but also Japan as...

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