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Swarthy Nerd Podcast

Sep 3, 2019

"Everyday, many Japanese youth are withdrawing from society and shutting themselves away from reality.  They sit alone in their dark rooms, mindlessly consuming pop media such as video games, anime, and manga yearning to be like their virtual heroes whom don't have to conform to Japan's strict and rigid social order.  
They remind in this childlike state for years or even decades, fearing to go outside and face reality.
Hikikomori: Japan's Missing One Million.  Who are these modern hermits?  Why do they refuse to rejoin society?  What impact does long-term escapism have on the Japanese's economy and the caregivers of Hikikomori. And, could America have their own issues with Hikikomori?  Join us in part 2 of our series on escapism as we explore the Hikikomori!"

learn Japanese on youtube

Umineko no Naku Koro ni (manga)

welcome to the NHK (anime)

john wick chapter 3 (movie)

secret life of pets 2 (movie)

last black man in san francisco (movie)

booksmart (movie)

the affair (showtime drama)

power (starz drama)

dave chappelle sticks and stones (netflix stand up)

japan mind of the hikikommori (article)

hikikomori takes center stage (article)

Hikikomori and pathological illneeses

What makes and does not make Hikikomori

Hikikomori and the rigid society of Japan

(Why Japanese men are staying home

American Hikikomori

12.6% grads underemployed report