One of the factors that has had an effect on the growing number of hikikomori is approximately 20 years (1995-2007) of economic stagnation commonly known as the Lost Score. After rapid growth, the Japanese economy collapsed in the 1980s, toughening competition on the job market and rendering the opportunity to work in a prestigious company an impossibility for many school and university graduates. This situation, in turn, led to unmet expectations among a whole generation of Japanese youth, many of whom began to see self-development as a worthless endeavor. Some features of traditional Japanese family life may also contribute to the development of an emotionally immature individual due to commonly encountered emotional codependent relationship between mother and child, traditionally expected financial dependence of family members and overall a high importance being a part of han (a group of people) in Japanese society .

please, check this sentence very carefully. Professor Takeo Doi, a researcher  of the University of Tokyo and an advisor to the Peace and Happiness through Prosperity Research Institute, created the concept of amae, (from the Japanese word amai, meaning sweet). This word refers to the Japanese cultural necessity of being on good terms with people around them. Professor Doi believed that the cultivation of dependent behavior in Japanese families is the reason why the number of hikikomori, socially withdrawn people, is so high in Japan but is not similarly elevated in other Asian countries.

Certainly, the desire to have good social relationships is not a specifically Japanese feature and the concept of amae has encountered criticism, but Professor Doi’s linguistic arguments are convincing.  According to his works, Japanese language is one of the richest in the world for sasshi, non-verbal communication and signs expressing empathy and support in Japanese language. Therefore, as Professor Doi stated, because of this feature of Japanese language, the risk to become  emotionally dependent individual is high for Japanese.The third reason why hikikomori has become so widespread is increasing numbers of bullying and harassment incidents in Japanese schools, universities and workplaces.

Despite an large amount of sexual harassment, it is taboo in Japanese society to talk about the subject; the number of sexual harassment cases that have been keeping in the silence is larger than 60%. The taboo is particularly strong in educational institutions with regards to harassment and bullying behaviour perpetrated by teachers and other academic staff. The status of sensei, a teacher, is still one of the


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