By Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker Blog
The Island Nation of Japan Is The Cradle Of Hentai-Porn, Micro-Bento And Crazy Toilets. It Is Also The Motherlode Of Unspeakable Social Degeneracy And Mental Illnesses.
[Reader discretion advised: Stories from US-occupied Japan can cause bleeding ulcers and loss of heart. This is part 1 out of 4 of a series.]
Part 1. The Hikikomori Or Socially Dead.
In TOKYO, from a popular message board r/japan on Reddit‘dot‘com:
“Our son doesn‘t want to work like a normal person he says, wants to sit at home and do nothing.”
“Cut back on his allowance! Or throw him out!”
“We can’t do that. He is 30 next year and would be homeless and maybe kill himself.”
“Sit him down and discuss his options. Therapie?”
“We tried that. He says he has mental illness and cannot work. He is not gay though.”
A terrible malady has befallen Japan. Young men are committing life-long slo-mo suicides. They are vegging out in their box rooms or at their parent‘s houses, wasting their pointless existence in front of computer screens. They are turning into living trash.
They are called the Hikikomori [pronounced: Hee-Kee Komoree] or “shut-in-hermits.” Millions of males are quitting society and squatting on their tatami mats for years and decades until they die from mental exhaustion.
The government is partly complicit. It wants to reduce the subpar population and prevent those losers from making copies of themselves.
Big Corporations are preying on the time of the Hikikomori, for they are good at clicking, swiping and scrolling on whatever you give them—computer games, websites, porn and advertisement. The average Hikikomori spends 16 hours on brainless online activities. They are mining virtual coins for Clash Royale and Candy Crush, or watching 1 billion hours of TikTok videos.
[Maybe we could teach them how to code?]
In the past, during old capitalism, the ruling elites would exploit the labor force of the underclasses, labor slaves really, but in this new world of data harvesting, all they want is to lock them up in their tiny apatos and see their online clicks, likes and views.
The phenomenon of Hikikomori existed long before the government cried about it and picked that Japanese psychiatrist, SAITO Tamaki, to globalize the term in 2015 through a number of Anglo-American publications and Western journals.
SAITO had been one of countless experts on the Japanese phenomenon of otaku—geeks or nerds. The otaku were mostly young gamers and toy collectors or porn addicts from the 80s to the 2000s. They lived in their infantile parallel universe and hardly caused any trouble at first. However, when they entered late adulthood and walked out on the streets and into the employment centers, all smelly and autistic, social workers rang the alarm.
On the streets of Akihabara‘s Electronic Town in Tokyo or in Nakano Broadway Manga Street, and at countless video games conventions and anime clubs and cafes, it was a common sight for tourists to spot groups of Japanese adults who wore Sailor Moon cosplay or played Dragon Ball card games or showcased their collectible Super Mario figurines.
Otaku culture went global with the rise of the internet, and swept from Japan to America and Europe, where many impressionable young adults were infected with this mind disease.
But otaku were a jolly mixed bunch, and a lot of e-girls and thots joined the movement, collecting My Little Ponies or Super Sonic or Hello Kitty memorabilia. The adult otaku males, meanwhile, collected Lego bricks or Star Wars action figures and played computer games from Blizzard all day, until otaku culture became mainstream—a Cool Japan™ 2013 export, featuring ABE Shinzo, the then-Prime Minister.
It wasn’t without controversy though. During the 90s, the Japanese government once classified the otaku movement as sushi-wing extremist.
It all started in 1989 with an otaku serial killer, MIYAZAKI, who loved maguro sushi [tuna, raw] and slayed 4 pretty girls.
In general, most stalkers, pedophiles and murderers could be associated with sushi and manga culture—always! For example, most adults in Japan like sushi and read Berserk manga, alright—just like some adults in Europe read Mickey Mouse comics or adults in America read Spiderman graphic novels.
Soon, the government started to frame the hardcore otaku as potential domestic terrorists. Notable otaku massacres were the 2008 Akihabara knife attack by a 25-year-old manga nerd, KATO, killing 7; and the 2019 otaku arson on Kyoto Animation Studios by AOBA, killing 33.
So those were the otaku, and they were relatively harmless. But what would the government do about these new, rising hikikomori?
According to SAITO in his Hikikomori bestseller in 2015, a typical hikikomori was a male adult who is 20 years or older and who has not left his or his parent‘s house for more than 10 years.
That could be anybody in Tokyo.
However, the first hikikomori were probably young jobless adults and the authorities were concerned about what will happen when those childless cretins reach middle age. Could they be useful to society, or would they cause grief for Japan‘s image in the world?
NHK state broadcaster showed [staged] drama dokus where chinless men with skin rash explained their internet porn addiction and medical abuse of fruits beer pops from Lawson convenience stores.
Said one man, Yuga (27), who lives with his mommy: “O-Kasan has to place the food tray outside his door and pay his online bills on time.”
Asked whether her jobless son would really never leave his room, his O-Kasan bowed and said, “O yes he would leave at nights for Seven Eleven conbini, buying sugared milk tea, tuna onigiri and egg rolls.”
Finally, hurting families had a name to put to their hurt: Their sons were not okay; their sons were badass hikikomori!
Paraphrasing one social scientist from Tokyo University, FUNAKOSHI: The hikikomori carry mental diseases such as depression and anxiety disorders.
They are addicted to online pachinko, pay-to-play mobile games and bukkake internet porn. Their mental imbalances translate into ever more awkward behavior, such as hoarding card boxes or drawing Monster Hunter fanart.
Japan is the most drugged nation on earth thanks to its sadistic American occupiers.
It is true! All US pharmaceutical prescription drugs and vaccines are mass tested on the Japanese first, like they were some historic guinea pigs.
Unsurprisingly, it was found that all hikikomori were fully vaccinated against dozens of deadly viruses: measles, black death, malaria, monkeypox, annual influenza, pollen and pets allergies, and that they were dependent on antidepressants, attention deficits busters and strong sedatives.
And then there are also the over-the-counter chemicals such as Aspirin, Eve A, Bufferin, Loxorin and lots of other painkillers, stomach cleaners, ears and eyes drops, toenail fungus lotions and hundreds of other synthetics.
In June 2019, the New York Times, of all Imperial echelons, gave hikikomori a stellar global debut: ‘Japan’s Extreme Recluses Already Faced Stigma. Now, After Knifings, They’re Feared’. The Times called it “a condition.”
The paper listed several hate crimes committed by the hikikomori, including the 2019 stabbing of 17 schoolgirls by IWASAKI and the hikikomori bus stop slaying from the same year, where “a retired senior government official fatally stabbed his 44-year-old son who lived with his parents and had no social contacts.”
You see where this is going. Psychiatrist SAITO was asked for expert testimonials and estimated the number of hikikomori in his country at 1.2 million. The Times piece was syndicated and its message reproduced verbatim—and in over 3,000 newspapers worldwide!
As expected, only 3 months later in September 2019, the government portal Nippon‘dot‘com released its revised, shocking statistic: “Japan’s Hikikomori Population Could Top 10 Million.”
By now, every single ugly dude, every poor bachelor student, every unhappy husband or unshaven pops sitting in his car alone was suspect of antisocial withdrawal syndrome and harboring extremist thoughts.
What’s striking, China now reported a similar “condition” in Shanghai too. The Communist party media coined it “the plague of the flat-liers or tang pings.” The typical tang ping is not a drug addicted gamer nerd but a disillusioned young person with absolutely no career, love-life or happiness in life.
So, instead of even trying to compete in a rigged game for jobs at Tencent or the Bank of China, or for a placement test at Peking University that’s now totally unattainable for normies, the tang pings just quit this humiliating hurdling and crawling and became deadbeats.
Alas, the Chinese tang pings are not quite the Japanese hikikomori, not yet. The Chinese civilization is on the rise, while the Japanese civilization is going down the toilet.
The true rot and decay in Japan is understood and shared only by her US colonial masters—because they caused it! The hikikomori originated from a deep seated feeling of defeat and inferiority. Only Japan could have started this.
Japanese men, after being tortured all their life by anti-Japanese US propaganda, have internalized their ugliness—uglier even than the most ugly Americans. Japanese men are short, even shorter than the shortest Americans. Japanese cannot succeed, for they are set up for Pearl Harbor failure on their nuclear contaminated Pacific island crust. First, American men succeed in this world, then, perhaps, the subpar and defeated races.
US Colonialism is the all-important root cause: The hikikomori are addicted exclusively to American stuff: pornhub, iphone, google, amazon, netflix, hbo, steam, blizzard, apple, wechat, youtube.
The pharma companies Takeda and Daiichi Sankyu are US junior partners. Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline are American. Novartis is American with a fake Switzerland tax front. Japan is absolutely and thoroughly colonized.
The excruciating fact that even their beloved manga had been “de-Japanized” since the 80s to adapt Western faces—no more slant eyed short legged Zipangus [Japanese] please—is being duly noted by the industry: The West is God.
The hikikomori in America call themselves mgtows [men going their own way] or incels [one-cellers or in-celibates] or even blackpillers [swallowing the death pill and declare defeat in life]. Most of them have Japanese otaku and hikikomori characteristics: short, ugly, emasculated and poc [people of color].
From what they consume on the internet of death, they must conclude—not just from their own experiences of constant abuse, but from the shared experiences of all rejected men—that they are in fact a class of degenerates, suffering from “a condition” that marks them for deselection.
The hikikomori are done with society.
For them, it‘s over.
Full list of all 4 parts in this series:
- Part 1. The Hikikomori Or Socially Dead.
- Part 2. The X-Kyaku Or Deformed Underclass.
- Part 3. Akuma No Juku Or: The Devil‘s Cram Schools.
- Part 4. Kodomo No Yūkai Or: The Children-Abductors.
The author is a German writer and cultural critic.
Further Reading: Japan made the terrible mistake of aligning itself with the woke West and is now self-destroying. Read previous presentations about this nation‘s horrible decline:
- Brutal. The Truth About Japan. From Tokyo University. https://thesaker.is/brutal-the-truth-about-japan-from-tokyo-university/
- WOKE in Tokyo. The US Nukes Cool Japan Out Of Its Existence. https://thesaker.is/woke-in-tokyo-the-us-nukes-cool-japan-out-of-its-existence/
- Worried about WW3 and transmitting coronavirus, Japanese bought 20 million house pets. https://thesaker.is/worried-about-ww3-and-transmitting-coronavirus-japanese-bought-20-million-house-pets/
- German Chancellor Scholz Attended Girls’ Day in Berlin, Accidentally Flew For NATO To Japan Next. https://thesaker.is/german-chancellor-scholz-attended-girls-day-in-berlin-accidentally-flew-for-nato-to-japan-next/
- STOP IT, JAPAN: Mass Formation Psychosis. https://thesaker.is/stop-it-japan-mass-formation-psychosis/
- Top Guns, Kishida, and US Biden: Showdown With Russia and China. https://thesaker.is/top-guns-kishida-and-us-biden-showdown-with-russia-and-china/
- The Path To Japan’s Childlessness As Conceived By Its Satanic US Occupiers. https://thesaker.is/the-path-to-japans-childlessness-as-conceived-by-its-satanic-us-occupiers/
Great analysis, looks like Japan is doomed. Can you do another analysis on issues of drinking and domestic abuse in Russia?
Good idea. And I would suggest that he do an analysis on the issues of alcohol, hard drugs and sexual abuse in the United States and Israel, I think Dr. Pattberg would have a lot to teach us.
I can make for you a fast analysis because I am from Spain, I have lived in Norway, currently I live in Germany and my wife is from Belarus.
Literally any family I know in Spain drink more alcohol than any family I know in Belarus. Also Belarussian families are much equalitarian and the students far more skilled in maths and physics.
That is in comparison with Spain, that is not famous for drinking a lot. If you compare them with Germany or Norway that does not know other way of socialising other than being drunk as pigs Belarussians does not drink at all.
I can compare them also with the British orders of drunk red pigs that fill Spanish beaches in the summer but I prefer not to be so cruel.
As a summary, in my experience the “problem of alcohol and domestic violence” is real, but not in Russia or Belarus.
Problem of alcoholism is a real issue in the UK (even the Prime Minister), in Germany and in general in other Protestant countries. Probably is the only way to compensate their lack of moral.
Great analysis Cid. I lived in Oslo and Moscow for a while and see it as people in Moscow drinking to get tipsy while socializing and people in Norway drinking to get drunk so they can socialize.
“people in Moscow drinking to get tipsy while socializing”
Ah, then there’s Peter!
That was fricken awesome! The second one made my night. Everybody knows THAT much Russian. Thanks ebear.
Ah that’s crazy good analysis, in one country everyone is super nice, smart, good at maths and only get tipsy while drinking. But that other western country, like Germany they don’t know any other way of socializing than being drunk as pigs. All this generalization is very low level, shallow, thinking & and god is the only one who can give morals to people truly sinks that lower, people should think for themselves maybe, why do you need some supreme authority to validate anything? And you don’t see any issues with no/relaxed laws against domestic abuse, its okay to use physical violence against others?
If generalisation is low level why did you started with the one about Russia and alcohol?
The one that is the biggest constant propaganda about a country?
Or maybe the Truth make you feel pain?
I am not Russian, neither German, English or Norwegian. I commented what I have seen…
! am sorry if you are offended by the truth…
There is gorgeous people everywhere but Germans and English have serious problem to socialise and serious problem with alcohol.
Russians have not.
And I have known a bunch of people from the 3 countries.
Next time, better put yourself a Hollywood movie and you will receive the lie you wanted
Yes its a low level, rage baiting question I asked, but I didn’t say all Russians have a drinking problem. Opinions here are parroted without any facts, so I asked about something that could be seen as negative and got the expected response.
However clearly you took that a step further, pure stereotypes and prejudice, saying people from Germany and Norway can only get drunk as pigs, and “Belarussians does not drink at all”. Obviously that’s just an extremely negative opinion and no real facts back that statement. You’re trying to paint people in these countries as below others.
All you had to do is get some stats, alcohol consumption per capita is down in Russia since ~2005 and lower than most large EU countries. Why do you have to be negative about Germany and Norway when countries can be judged on their own merits. Everything here is just “West” bad, nothing about how Russia could be improved or what’s wrong at home.
Which brings me to my last point, I realize I’m an idiot, wasting my time for trying to argue or convince you of anything. Everyone here has made their mind up, no facts can change any opinions here. Yes the “bunch” people you know clearly is the “truth” that I am offended by, you got me really good it hurts. Don’t think for yourself or look up stats, base your thoughts on pure emotions and “personal experience”. Keep hitting the copium, the West is going to fall any day now.
As a Spaniard myself I agree with you about the drinking topic.
I am in my 50s and I recall the days my granpa offered me wine at the tinder age of 13.
I remember all males from my family smoked.
As said at the time by the elders”All men smoke”.
But, there were not such kind of social parasites as those Hikikorimori.
You had to serve the military service compulsory.2 years I served. You should better wake up when entering the garrison… Then you entered the labour market.
You know Cid what we call the “Ninis” in our homeland.
The most Iberic approach to what a Hikirimori had been if they had been born here.
For the rest, “Nini” means “Ni estudia Ni trabaja” (Doesnt study, Neither Works”
…yes of course Japan is doomed given the degree of zambification that has been going on since they were forced to adopt American neoliberal capitalism. But there’s no reason to compare the situation in Japan with other parts of the world particularly Russia. Drinking and domestic abuses have been going on for eons all over the world when the Phoenicians invented money and wine or even long before that. The situation in Japan is way more serious. For sure once the Japanese get their first chance they will kick the Americans out. I have met many Japanese, they hold deep grudges against the Americans contrary to what they like to pretend on the surface. When the dollar is eliminated as a trading currency amongst the Eurasians, all those Hikikomori members will finally find a purpose in life by becoming anti-US revolutionaries.
Forced to? Never attribute simple human greed in adopting economic systems that advantage themselves over the many, as something new and forced.
Neoliberalism is not new. It is really old. It is a class-based system of economic speculation (gambling and corruption). Gambling and corruption are nothing new in human history. Greedy Japanese decided to implement the system. I can go to any country and find corruption and economic speculation. As a fact, I’ve been to quite a few and found both.
Neoliberal economics is the formal, codified economic system of speculation and corruption. Taught at universities. When it is really nothing new. Even crypto-coins are not money; a product of neoliberal economics implemented by Utopialist Libertarians who are really nothing more than Ivory Tower anarchists who little basis for their beliefs in reality.
The problems that the Japanese face in society are mostly rooted in historical cultural issues, with contributions from outside of Japan. Never mistake the contributions to those cultural problems rooted in history, as the cause.
You are right of course. Human greed plays a very important part. But, this particular version of Anglozionist neoliberal fiat currency economy has a very strong military aspect to it. The system is imposed by over 800 military basis of the US-globalists around the world including in Japan. Given its history, geography and culture if Japan wasn’t defeated in WWII it would have certainly adopted the old style capitalism likely based on racial supremacy and colonization of the surrounding lands….
Why don’t you take a look for yourself – compare the sentiment on the streets of Moscow and St.Petersburg to any western city – it will give you a hunch.
Some channels to aid you:
from Russia – other problems – but it gives you an insight in the human condition as of Russia.
From what I understand, drinking in Russia was worst in the 1990s when the economy looked bleakest. Nowadays, despite the stereotype, Russians drink less than the British or Scandinavians.
According to some reports the US has around 100 000 deaths every year! due to fentanyl/other drugs related overdoses. An analysis of why this is happening in the richest and most powerful country in the world s history should be interesting.
4 or 5 guys are rich. Their valet service aka the US goobermint are fairly well paid, useless and redundant though they are, and have healthcare. Their job is to keep penal colony AmeriCon surveilled and miserable.
The rest of us get our noses rubbed in it daily. When they are not fellating the heroism of illiterate know nothing douchebags who have stupidly served in their military, they spit on them as useless drug addicts who don’t want to work because they are homeless after they are driven insane enough to kill by the US military and are no longer fit to be a fry cook at Mickey Ds.
As reservation NDNs used to say, “There is nothing for a man to do”. There isn’t. The width of an average US lawn is relational to the amount of space a prison cell has for an inmate to pace about. Anyone who goes outdoors, even to get the paper, is subject to other asshole americans in uniform messing with them. Even Biden has made sure there are now five times as many women behind bars since 1980, back when he began selling his ass for lottery tickets in congress.
Hard facts? All My References Are Dead
Thank you. A very interesting article.
It might put matters in perspective if we, in the West, look around us. You will find that most young women are looking for an “average” male. But if you ask them what do they mean by an “average” male, you will find that they are aiming for the top 10% of manhood. Men on the other hand are much more relaxed. If they are not in the top 10%, they are happy with an average woman – a real average woman.
The result of this disequilibrium is that men in the top 10% get to sow their wild oats with abandon. They might marry and have one or more children before moving on to a younger woman. The result of all of this is that some men have many kids. Most men have no kids. Most women have one or more kids. If they divorce after having children, it is almost impossible for them to find a new partner of the same stature as the one who left them.
They call this arrangement “serial monogamy”. Frankly, I think that unless more desirable men are allowed to have more than one wife, society is in trouble. Unable to replace itself.
DNA research shows that during the Middle Ages in the UK, 4/5 of men had no kids. And 1/5 men had many kids. The most extreme case was at the beginning of agriculture. The ratio went up to 17 to one. Hunters were giving away their daughters to farmers – so that they could eat.
I realise that what I am saying above is going to upset a lot of people. But that is the way nature made us. A man can procreate with abandon. Women have quite strict limits.
The Hikikomori have always been with us. But before, they were sent out into the rice fields and made to work or starve.
Hello.. if you are right and the ‘top 10%’ of manhood are fathering most children then why the general decline in humanity? Thanks.
I depends on what you mean by the decline in humanity, that is a rather vague term and not necessarily true. The birth rates in the most developed countries is in fact declining, partly because of the success of contraceptives, and the fact that in Europe and the US most husbands and wives must enter the workforce in order to provide a decent home to bring up children, pay for private healthcare and expensive university education.
This is being countered by the elitists adopting the Coudenhove- Kalergi plan to import more and more people from the third world, who have a far lower IQ in an effort to divide and conquer the population.
Oh, come on! This “decline in humanity”:
You are correct about the “general decline of humanity” in the West. My hypothesis is valid for middle-class people who have jobs and who are socially ambitious. It does not apply to people who need the support of the state. Here are some reasons for the decline:
1- The mporting vast numbers of fertile peoples from countries with much lower IQ’s.
2- A social security system encourages poorer women to have many kids with men they consider to be desirable. Since they do not expect support from these men, their definition of “desirable” becomes very different.
3- Intelligent (White and Asian) women are encouraged to study for as long as possible. They are encouraged to seek a “career”. They are encouraged to delay conception for as long as possible – which leads to infertility. They are all seeking the same cohort of successful men who I referred to earlier. They are obsessive about vaccinations which also leads to ill-health and infertility (plenty of evidence of that by now).
4- Governments, food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies encourage obesity by promoting a bad diet that favours carbohydrates and trashes animal fats. This results in more infertility and ill-health.
Contrast this with what went on in England. A process that led to a raising of average intelligence. The fact that both the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions took place in England was not accident.
1- Men who were criminal and poor were executed. Later, they were often sent to the colonies. There were plenty of White slaves – that is what indentured labour is all about.
2- Landowners had enormous powers over their peasant tenants. A peasant with a pretty wife was quite happy with the squire having a kid with her. This ensured that he would never be kicked off the land.
3- Wealthy men had numerous opportunities to have kids with their numerous maids and servants. These women were often married off with the financial help of the men. Joseph Stalin is believed to have been such a kid.
Under Christianity, they tried to enforce monogamy and disallow divorce and cheating, which means that under traditional Christian societies men were the most likely to have progeny, whereas under pagan or Islamic societies it was only privileged men. And the West is degenerating back into paganism.
Well, I don’t have first hand experience in pagan or Islamic societies, but I have the impression it must not be only privileged men to have progeny, since, if that were the case, population size would collapse rather quickly (I’m assuming privileged men are a small fraction of the whole society, otherwise they would not be “privileged”).
Maybe you mean “privileged men were the most likely to have the most mistresses”, which is quite different.
I’d say most families in non-christian societies have numerous children, as it was also true of christian societies a mere century ago.
Having lived in Qatar for two years here is what I saw:
*First marriage is arranged; 2nd wife usually for “true love.”
*Wealthy and/or well connected Qataris get wives from other Gulf Arab countries
*Middle class Qataris ($US300,000 income per year) get wives from North African Arab countries (e.g. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, etc.) or lesser income Arab countries (Jordan, Egypt, Iraq)
*Poor Qataris (US$100,000) get wives from poor Moslem countries (Yemen, Sudan, Gaza strip, Pakistan, Bangladesh) or 2nd cousins!
Gulf Arabs typically have large families, cared for nannies primarily from the Philippines.
“it must not be only privileged men to have progeny, since, if that were the case, population size would collapse rather quickly”
I read once that 10% of the Chinese population (150 million) have DNA from Genghis Khan and his brothers.
Chinese emperors of the 19th century had a new virgin every night. This was organised by the palace eunuchs. The timing was such that the girls were at the peak of their fertility. They were the most beautiful girls the provinces could send. It was a huge honour for the the girls and their families. If the girl had a child by the emperor, she would be rewarded with land and wealth.
Sorry mate, the Woke mentality never caught on in most of the world!
“Ten Other Men Left Genetic Legacies So Huge They Rival Genghis Khan’s”
“DNA research shows that during the Middle Ages in the UK, 4/5 of men had no kids.”
A link here would be very helpful. I find it hard to believe this statistics. If this were true, the 1/5 would have to have, *in average*, 10 children to just make the population size stable (neither increasing nor decreasing). And this is assuming all 10 children would get to adulthood, a rather dubious proposition in those times.
So, in order to account for population increases and deaths among children, the 1/5 would probably have to have 20 children or more, while the 4/5 would have none. Hard to believe.
Here are some links. I know it seems unbelievable. But how many times do healthy men masturbate during a lifetime?
“8,000 Years Ago, Only One Man Had Children for Every 17 Women”
“𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘪𝘻𝘦 (𝘕𝘧/𝘕𝘮) 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘥𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘯 𝘕𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘕𝘮.”
“Human paternal and maternal demographic histories: insights from high-resolution Y chromosome and mtDNA sequences”
Ok, thanks for the links. The first one is basically story telling / click baiting. I will not comment on that one.
The second link seems more credible. It is a scientific paper.
You quoted this from the paper: “We also find that the ratio of female effective population size to male effective population size (Nf/Nm) has been greater than one throughout the history of modern humans”.
Ok, but how much greater? If you take the numbers Nf and Nm from tables 3 and 4 and compute their ratio, you get the following for current days:
Africa – 1.75, Oceania – 1.7, Europa – 2.1, Central Asia – 3.44, East Asia – 4.54 and Americas – 2.63.
As can be seen, indeed they are greater than 1 but for most of them, especially for western countries, it is not much greater. I didn’t read the whole article to see exactly what the time frame “current” means, but it is fair to assumes at least a few centuries. If we remember that child birth was a dangerous situation for women not too long ago, and that many women died during labor, these numbers are not that surprising. However, it is a long, long shot from “DNA research shows that during the Middle Ages in the UK, 4/5 of men had no kids” that you wrote in the initial comment.
It is also worthwhile to note that the paper itself says this:
“However, there are several reasons why this conclusion should be viewed as tentative. First, the sample sizes of some of the regional groups in the HGDP are quite low, precluding confident estimates of effective population sizes.”
They don’t tell which groups have low sample size, so I can’t comment much further, but a telltale of this problem is a wide variance or widely differing numbers for mode and mean, for example.
Another point is that we are using effective population size as a proxy to the number of men who have no kids. How good is this proxy, I’m not sure.
Anyway, The paper you referenced is interesting, but I’m still not convinced by your initial statement.
If DNA evidence does not convince you. I am lost for words.
Well, here are examples from my personal experience.
1- I have a Chinese/Singaporean friend. We went to college together 60 years ago. His father was a wealthy man. My friend has 20 brothers and sisters. They all lived in the same house in Singapore.
2- The grandfather of my Iranian ex-wife had a vast number of wives. He owned a big chunk of land in the north of Iran. My ex has around 40 uncles and aunts from this grandfather and around 10 from her other grandfather.
Just because you have not seen this sort of thing does not mean that it is not common in some parts of the world.
“If DNA evidence does not convince you. I am lost for words.”
The DNA evidence from the paper you referred did convince me that your original statement (most men in UK had no kids) is false. How do you interpret the numbers I got from that paper?
“Just because you have not seen this sort of thing does not mean that it is not common in some parts of the world.”
I thought you were talking about the UK in your first post. Anyway, the anecdotes you wrote are just that, anecdotes.
Folks, please stay on topic. Take other matters to the MFC. Thank you, The Moderator.
The difference between the Hikikomori and the huge group of people in many (western) nations who live a cheap, meaningless, consume oriented existence seems to be admission and awareness of the fact that it is a meaningless existence. They seem to lack a certain aggression which might be due to the points discussed at the end of the article. But this aggression and orientation outwards just covers up the pathetic existence to a certain degree. In general those points (defeated, colonized nation) dont seem to be the cause of the phenomenon, just adding to it and creating a sub-species of lost people.
What really seems to be missing is purpose and meaning in life ot at least the perspective to be able to pursue and maybe reach it by honest work.
Would be interesting to know if this phenomenon differs between large cities and more rural areas.
I was talking to a couple of people involved in social welfare in Japan about 20 years ago, and they told me the hikikomori phenomenon became an issue in 1996, that it had a sudden onset, and that it affected about 1% of the population of each city, town or village throughout Japan. They said it affected all age groups, but was perceived as affecting young men because their parents took notice of it. Older people, they said, would just fade away from society and no one would care. It may affect women as well, but for cultural reasons it could manifest differently or be considered less problematic (women are expected to be homebodies).
I believe it has a physiological component in addition to the social and economic components. If you have chronic fatigue, even a mild case, you lack the stamina required for social life in Japan, with its hierarchy, rules and conformity, and you stay away from social situations until you feel up to it again. That is accepted behavior.
1996 saw the buildout of digital mobile phone systems throughout Japan. A friend in Tokyo suffered from chronic fatigue for five months that year until she found a doctor who could help her recover. He told her that what she was experiencing was common and speculated that it was due to some kind of new pollutant. Because dioxins were in the news at that time, many in the public blamed them (though the levels had peaked in the mid-1970s).
One researcher about 20 years ago studied cerebral blood flow in hikikomori and found it to be affected by mobile phone radiation. I make myself very unpopular by saying this, but we as a society need to start taking those sorts of research findings seriously, as the insanity we see seems to increase in parallel with digitalization and expanded use of wireless technology. We are at the point now that energy can be harvested for certain low-level applications from ambient levels of microwave radiation in cities.
Very, very sad and unavoidable BUT when under the foot of a ruthless Anglo-Zio-Khazarian colonizier it is apparently unavoidable.
However the endless dividends and profits for shareholders, both in Japan and more comfortably wallowing and smiling in the City of London, Wall Street, World Economic Forum, HongKong, Frankfurt etc.,
”Jolly good! Fantastic!”
”Hikikomori or Hee-Kee Komoree* another delightful Jappo expression – could this not be patented and exported, even Nano-teched into another WHO mandated medication”
”Those Japs work themselves to death (kar-ooshi..), refuse to take longer vacations, perfect the most productive *kaizen* and just-in-time production systems, blindly follow the Liberal Democratic!!! Party on their decades long hold in power and watch, what must be, the most absurd, humiliating and degrading TV shows in the world!!”
”AND the best part is they don*t breed, many don*t even f…., perhaps ending up in those those loveless *mother-con* marriages…”
Yes Siree, – Lord, Sir *von whatever scammer-stein* – as Rockerfeller pointed out in the 1960-70s ‘the perfect economic animal’..(no longer have exact reference – sorry!!!)
But in spite of living in one of the most repressive, brainwashed, suicidal and *control freak* societies in the world – those Nipponese don’t die – 25% of the population over 65 years old and some even hitting 100.
The worlds largest pension-tax burden, percentage wise, and all those smelly, decaying geriatric corpses lying abandoned on their tatami or *futon* (traditional bedding…). Recycled as ‘Soros Doggie Biscuts..’
No wonder *soon-to-be* ‘Lady’ Christine Lagarde of the European Central Bank (yet another oxymoron..) recently wept crocodile tears over us pensioners and our financial burden which is slowing down and even suffocating, yet another ‘economic recovery’. !!
Nod, nod from meine Uncle Klaus von Schwabby, now with his own private *Schwab Foundation…
I mean … How many Mitsubishi improved F-35s equipped with mini-nuke *defensive* missiles (thanks Toyota..) could you purchase from those re-directed Nipponese pension funds…
what a blast for some of those ‘Hikikomori-Hari-Kiri’ pilots screaming low over the ever-so-patient Okinawan islanders on their one-way to defend a bunch of rocks in the South China seas…
Christine darling, include myself among those useless, parasitic pensioners – with incontinence (if I had a greenhouse it could be termed *drip irrigation* for my tomatoes)..and a lousy memory for learning those tantalizing Russian verbs of motion – yet again, Putin leading hordes of obsessive Sovietski Prefix-Freaks!!!
Yes, from 1986 to 1996, I was half-working, teaching-sort of, travelling, earning many jelly beans-(Yen) and most enjoyably – exploiting as a tall, arrogant and bombastic Caucasian male – screwing myself stupid with those numerous intelligent, educated, charming, beautiful and ever-hopeful Japanese women..
‘ありがとうございました’. My humble thanks to Patricia Ormsby and Thorsten J. Pattberg for your excellent factual articles on the Japanese society and their pathetic lap-dog politicos still yapping to the ‘Black Ships’.
(and thanks again to Saker, Ameryst, Lone Wolf, Gonzalo, Andre Martyinov, Larchmonder, WTFUD, Uncle Bob etc.,)
愧じて頭を下げる.. I bow my head in shame.
I personally prefer “Judeo-Masonic” colonizer.
I have no problem drawing lines from the state of Japan, to the Kingdom of Norway.
The job done to drug, degenerate and destroy the youths, the core family and nation is quite similar.
Sometimes i watch TV and the amount of psycology aimed towards the population is stunning. Its pure evil.
Promotion of cokain, promotion of the idea that’s its weird to be heterosexual, promotion of hatred nowadays especially towards Russia and Putin is amazing.
Never forget that it’s Norway that provided the possibility for Rothschildistan to be nuke armed, hust indicating whom truelly runs Norway, as they run Jewnited States as well.
Pure evil and the most certain path to WW3.
Most Norwegians are now defenders of nazism. The media forms their thoughts and believe.
Many wonder how Germans could buy in on the nazi ideologi.
I do not wonder, as I can not avoid to see my very own kind repeating a similar procedure.
I’ve concluded we never regain sovereignety after the Nazi occupation. Neutrality never came back.
The British Embargo under the Napoleonic Wars, showed us who our daddy really was. It’s who ever have control over the North-Atlantic.
Afterwards the ties have been re-affirmed , by our NATO-membership. Some hoped EU would counter that, but they clearly can’t. Our Sovereign Wealth-fund tied us to the mast of the sinking Petro-dollar. We can’t get free, until we kiss it goodbye, and turn east.
I have been interested in Japanese culture for half a century. I have formed friendships with Japanese immigrants. There are two lessons which I have learned over and over again.  Almost everything that I see, hear, read … whether american or Japanese … is fake. And usually the author is completely, and obviously, unaware.  Japanese are really weird; not inscrutable, not psychotic. Weird.
Pattberg’s previous article has lit a firecracker under my learned apathy. american mass-psychological, food, chemical, biological weapons do not surprise me. Pattberg’s article makes sense ; the Japanese are some kind of psychotic. Like some people I knew back then, who put all kinds of weird ideas and chemicals into their brains.
To me, Pattberg’s credibility … should I put real effort, beyond passive grazing, into researching/studying his ideas … comes down to 2 numbers :
“Part 3. Prevent These People From Ever Rising Again”, paragraphs 7 & 8:
“Japan had capitulated, alright. Now it was a run against time. When Douglas McArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, set foot in Tokyo in 1945 with a plan to rebuild Japan in the image of a cheap industrial vassal state, he was shocked to learn that by 1947 the Japs had fornicated so hard—they had produced 7 million babies in just two years.
“To remind everyone: during the entire Pacific War against China and the United States, Japan “only” lost 3.1 million lives. So in a sense, the war itself didn’t do any significant harm to Japan as a species.”
Are these two numbers credible? Is there credible evidence?
‘produced 7 million babies in just two years’
‘entire Pacific War […] Japan “only” lost 3.1 million lives’
A couple of decades ago in small town Ontario, Canada, as a painting contractor, for a few days I was doing some work in a house in which lived two middle aged school teachers and their twenty some years old son. It struck me as curious and perplexing and strange that while I was there the twenty some years old son and a couple of twenty some years old buddies spent much of their day in the son’s bedroom playing enthusiastically noisy computer sport games.
Had they been say 10 years old, well, I might have said to myself ‘these kids need to get out and get some fresh air and toss an actual ball around’. But these were large hairy young adults.
Now there is arguably nothing intrinsically inferior in playing hockey or football on a computer screen as opposed to the real thing, and indeed, the chances for injury and the cost of equipment are in favour of the computer athletes. And ‘losing’ on the computer screen may be less traumatic.
But still, it was somehow vaguely disconcerting, to encounter this particular slice of the modern cultural paradigm, in which child-adults were enthusiastically ‘gaming’ for hours on end in a bedroom outside of which an entire universe was happening, on a miracle planet.
Yet I now find myself playing too much chess on line, while the world passes outside, and the lawn could use mowing, as a break from spending too much time reading articles and comments on the Saker, among other near-addictions.
Escapism comes in many forms, there are far worse, more destructive means to while away ones time. At least the parents know where the child is and with whom they associate.
Blaise Pascal, he say (in “Pensées”): “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
That goes double for USAmericans. WTF are you butting into Ukraine again? And Chinese Taiwan? And the Indian Ocean?
More disconcerting, the young men could have been painting the house themselves, saving their parents the money of hiring a painting contractor…
Well as a tradesman, neat and tidy and efficient were among my typical standards expected and met. Had they been employed to ‘paint the house’, my hunch would be that the chances of the young men doing excellent work would be remote; the chances of achieving a mess extremely likely.
I have no idea what their fates turned out to be. But at the time it was obvious that the technology they were deploying, or were attached to, was an extremely alluring one. But the enthralling process they were involved in, writ large, was new to our species, and the outcomes and implications of this phenomenon for society more generally were waiting to be seen.
As a variation on the theme, the attachment to cell phones is now near total, with a few recalcitrants. How does one calculate the pluses, minuses, and ambiguous results, and the beneficent potential, and the dangers, of this alluring technology?
Japan now sells more nappies to the elderly then it dies for infants. They are in serious decline. But then again so is most of the western world.
“Japan now sells more nappies to the elderly then it dies[sic] for infants.”
Waiting for Joe Biden’s handlers to now claim he is Hirohito’s long lost nephew. (The Brandon administration would never do anything so mundane like claim Sleepy Joe’s maternal grandfather was governor of Osaka prefecture.)
It must be terrible to be so educated about Japan and yet so rejected by it at the same time. Almost like you dont understand it at all.
Knowledge comes fom two things, experience and study. Experience comes from one thing, and it isn’t study. You talk like someone who has studied a lot, and experienced very very little in your tiny expat bubble.
If you dont even understand the Japanese mindset, how can you wax lyrical about their problems except from your own alien viewpoint? With great begeisterung apparently.
Happy to show you the real Japan, that is unless this is just a big farce attepting to sow division amoungst general populations to divert attention from the global ruling class, who incidentally also contol my country, your country, Japan AND America.
There is no benefit in your current opinions except to them. Stop it.
The Germans think Japan is insane because Japan refused the 4th Reich. Just as NATO thinks Putin is insane because Putin has refused the4th Reich.
To nobody in particular:
Dr. Pattberg has chosen to shine a light on the psychological wastage that accumulates wherever the US plants itself. The fact that it has accumulated especially high in Japan does not mean that all of Japan is like that. However, it is a warning of where Japanese society is likely to go in the future, if the psychological wastage continues.
You hint vaguely at the group that orchestrates this psychological wastage, without naming names. Without getting into the exactitudes of the particulars, it is demonstrable, based on the actions of the US in its dealings with the world, that the elites of the US are a part of this group. It is also demonstrable, based on sheer economic, military and cultural power and influence, that the US elites have had an outsized role in the debasement of the world for many years. Therefore, Dr. Pattberg has a very rational purpose in shining a light on the dark, seedy, moldy fruits of US control and influence within the context of one its controlled societies.
Therefore, please restrain yourself from criticising others who do not report matters as you claim to be the “real” thing. It is condescending and indicative of your own particular shallowness. Oh, in case you were not aware of it, by claiming to know the “Japanese mindset”, you perpetuate a stereotype that serves to cover up the psychological damage to Japanese society. Stop it.
Superb comment Nobody. I can only imagine how much fun Mr. Pattberg is at parties.
Me reading that article: “That writing style suspiciously reeks of narcissism and sociopathy”
Check the author biography: he is a german jurist. “Oh, guess it’s not just a myth after all…”
Agreed, Germany is an occupied country, Japan is an occupied country, so what we have here is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Both are in the fire, but Japan is still better off, because by 2050 Japan will still be Japanese, but by 2050 Germany will be Islamic.
To understand a foreign culture and nation, first learn their language and watch their best and popular art.
I approve of their unwillingness to allow the Qabal to vampirize their energies with black corporation slave farms.
They are waiting for the Age of Aquarius, the return of Atlantis and Lemuria. If that means they wait until they die, so be it. Would the Germans prefer they become another version of Ukraine?
Here’s the simple truth that the vast majority of Westerners and western-colonized people are trying to avoid:
This is the result of extreme, terminal child neglect and abuse.
Westerners have not only given up on their own children a few generations ago and thrown them to the wolves with gleeful abandon, but also seemingly decided to deliberately violate and annihilate them in all possible and imaginable manners, and all the while surrounding themselves with an infinite wall of excuses and absolute, impenetrable denial.
Then they wonder why their children are not participating into a society which has utterly and completely harmed and alienated them and which is trying to turn them into a slave class of non-people.
“Must be these goshdarn millenials’ fault again”, said the demented, senile degenerates for the nth time in the last 30+ years…
To wit, the (Japanese) book / movie “Battle Royale”, produced in the mid-1990s, rather representative of this social malaise and where high school students are selected randomly and forced to murder each other in a televised sort of reality show for the contentment of the adults who feel “disrespected”...
You can also observe this very Western “boomer” attitude of “après moi, le déluge”, as in “haha, screw you kids, I’ve got mine, let’s replace you with Third world immigrants, I’ll be dead before there are consequences!”, which so many of us have had to endure for our entire lives (also, how’s that working out for you now, geniuses?).
No therapies, drugs, toys, trust funds, or any amount of this fake, smug and vacuous “understanding” and “tolerance” will ever be able to erase the absurd amount of trauma that the post-modern, omni-industrial empire of lies inflicts on its own youths, nor the fact that older generations have been and still are willing participants in their own destruction, hoping to milk out their pension out of their own broken descendants.
The empire does not need creative, potentially rebellious youths you see, but only hollow, obedient, human-shaped shells doing the hard work of feeding and fattening its parasite class of well-schooled “thinkers”.
It’s rather normal that some have finally come to the conclusion that the only winning move is not to play.
People who are literally doing their best to harm and exterminate their own children are people that neither deserve to survive, nor will.
Yes, this is absolutely part of it: American sink-or-swim-ism. I have no idea why my family harbored so much animosity towards their teenage sons–especially my father. No real guidance. Nothing but cold shade. “Do what the man on the TV tells you!” No wonder my generation is so loaded up on debt, useless degrees, and broken relationships.
Aspirin? Really? It’s been around for well over a century and unpatented, not a particular profit center for Big Pharma. I and almost all my fellow Boomers took it many times but the Reyes Syndrome scare made it anathema to later generations. Overvaccination, sure, that’s possible. We had perhaps half a dozen in our childhood, now the schools are pushing like 50 on our grandkids. My point is if you’re going to make a credible argument for chemical reasons for Japan’s epidemic of mental illness, a bit more research is required.
“Aspirin” is a Registered Trademark of Bayer in Germany, and many other countries including some western, comprising 80 or more in total. Except US due to existing infringements on it’s name prior to patent applications there in early part of last century.
In pill form, controlled and sold OTC, patented aspirin may have been around for a hundred years, but the analgesic itself in natural form has been used by native cultures for thousands of years, that someone figured out how to control it, market it, and gain a profit…..surprised?
Aspirin in Italy was limited to Bayer, and relatively expensive. Relatives appreciated my bringing them bottles of generic from the US, at a tiny percentage of the price.
Interesting read. I don’t think lumping together incels and MGTOW men, many of them expressing disillusionment with an extremely one-sided legal system when it comes to divorce law. I don’t think you can compare successful men who don’t want their wealth stolen during a divorce to incels or hikikomori. I realize this is convenient and provides an opportunity to tie a nice bow around your article, but they aren’t the same type of people (overall).
The MGTOW movement is nothing like the other categories. It is comprised of working, employed, successful men who are done with modern drama queens and twerking Tik-Tok princesses. They realize the game is stacked against them and refuse to play, or to date 40-something women with 3 kids and 2 ex-husbands who still think they are a “catch”.
The modern culture has created and empowered this new breed of woman, who feel it is their “right” to hook up with 100+ men while waiting for Prince Charming to show up. They believe, into their 50s no less, that they are Cinderella and “deserve” a castle and servants, when in fact they are one of the ugly (inside) step-sisters. I blame Walt Disney for this (only half joking…lol).
I live in the US and am in my 50s, happily married (most days) with 7 biological children. My sons had no problem finding wonderful wives, but my daughters cannot find decent, straight young men to date, much less marry. Where have all the young men gone? They are gay or asexual gamers or don’t have the testosterone to stand up to a Femi-Nazi culture (head nod to Rush L. for coining the phrase in the 80s).
I would happily and gladly continue to reproduce and raise successful children myself (my wife would not object as long as it was legal and in the open), but alas and alack, I’m not rich enough to be a “Sugar Daddy” to a spoiled 20-something princess, and no way would I jump into the drama mess of the 40-something woman mentioned above.
Western Culture is in terminal decline. Russia may be the last, best hope to save Western Christian civilization.
Totally agree. I know several MGTOW and they are just disillusioned with the woke cancer culture and terminally insane women in power behaving like collectivists and persecuting males for pleasure or sport. They are just protecting themselves from a botched mutant legal system which would strip them from all dignity and hard earned income.
«The hikikomori originated from a deep seated feeling of defeat and inferiority.»
Or rather from extremely maniacal, unbalanced, possessive mothers, and the terror of becoming like their fathers a drone-husband to someone like her.
Thanks for this article / update. I was aware of the developing problem years ago, from this video:
Mystery Of The Missing Million
In Japan, a million young men have shut the door on real life. Almost one man in ten in his late teens and early twenties is refusing to leave his home – many do not leave their bedrooms for years on end.
It is a lost generation. Many millions of families are devastated. But they mostly suffer in silence, unable to understand the plight of their children. The first western psychologist to study the problem describes the condition as “an epidemic” sweeping Japan. It is called hikikomori by the Japanese – meaning “social withdrawal”. Yet little is known about the problem and parents of sufferers prefer to hide their pain rather than seek help.
So, it is scary to think that the problem may be accelerating instead of reversing. I also wonder if it is related to all of the mass sh–tings going on in the United States? Possibly the same mental infirmity with a different cultural manifestation?
“Hikikomori” and this quote have much in common.
“Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come.” — Haruki Murakami, from his book, 1Q84
The redeemable feature of being a colony
of the U.S. is that Japan can look forward to a much simpler life when their debt based economic system implodes hara-kiri 腹切り style, the ultimate economic tsunami.
And in a de-globalised world, with imports unavailable or unaffordable, a simpler life Cherry blossoms as the Japanese rediscover self-sufficiency, continue rice growing, and the Way of the Samurai redux.
The Bank of Japan has the same monetary and fiscal policy as Western central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve.
With negative or low yielding Japanese debt,
Japan buys higher yielding U.S. debt.
Japan held $1,303 billion ( 1.3 Trillion ) in Treasury securities as of January 2022. As Japan goes bust and their masters 主 in Washington get lynched, so do the Gods of Money in New York.
The Japanese can finally expel the ghost of the “black ships” and Japan’s long history of cultural isolation can return. The existential threat from earthquakes and tsunamis take second place compared to living on borrowed money and borrowed time for 71 years, and now the debt has become due.
Maybe they’re just inbred. Are they too stuck up to breed with the Chinese, Cambodians, Thais, Vietnamese Koreans, etc.? Wars used to be good for genetic diversity and hybrid vigor. That’s maybe the first prescription. Then one has to consider-What has the world, the Inquisition, replaced God with? Drugs,chemicals, abominations, confusion. It has been an epidemic since the beginning of the individuation. Instead of crawling back to God, we crawl back to the mud.
Stagnation by solving all problems through MMT.
Damage done by decades of colonisation.
Added to demographic disaster brought on by xenophobia and cultural peculiarities.
Maybe it should not be so surprising.
There are a still few bright shining examples of the creativity and brilliance (and dare I say it, independence of thought) by the Japanese people.
Incels refers to being involuntarily celibate. Perspectives on parade in this world view. Reveals much more than intended I’m sure.
You would have thought the CIA and state department would have tried turning them into Nazis and set them against Russia, so I suppose we should be grateful for little mercies.
There is still a lot of health and well being in the Japanese population. I picked this up off of a Andrei Martynov imbedded video and I agree wholeheartedly with Andrei, these Japanese chicks are awesome, high culture, mesmerizing. So young yet so old, and so talented. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xqTfMQz3GE&t=2748s
I’m not a fan of Bill Maher but sometimes he nails it.
Culture of Violence | Real Time with Bill Maher
I see BM as false opposition. He just changed his colors to better deceive the weak minded. Of whom there are a great many. He’s kinda’ like Piers Morgan in that respect… but with a sense of humor.
I remember his show “Politically Incorrect”. Which consisted solely of him and two or three other libs ganging up on and straw-manning and or gaslighting, etc, the single “conservative” guest. “Conservative” because they were often neo-conservatives, i.e. “zio-conservatives”. Who are false opposition in their own right.
One concept explains the collapse of a country such as Japan, or the coming decline of America…
Neo-liberal economics. More specifically, neoliberal economics is an economic system that trains economists (not even a science) in speculation and manipulation of paper profits in a fantasy economy much like that of fantasy football leagues and its players.
Turns out that treating workers as disposable assets and working them like dogs or machines while upper management schemes to inflate their own paychecks? Is a recipe for economic decline and incompetence. Neoliberal economics allows mediocre people to believe that they are Masters of The Universe; with their paid politicians believing that they practice Master Statesmanship. Current US business and political leadership are mediocre mid-IQ people believing that they are in control.
Then I had to read an article like this. Why have Japan’s youth abandoned the practices of the past? Neoliberal economics. Neoliberal economics is nothing new. It is quite old. Oh, it has fancy terms and lots of technical gibberish. All of their “new” ideas are centuries old. Repackaged with shiny foil and presented as something new. Neoliberal economics has but one foundation: GREED. The latest iteration is simply represented by The West. Every country has suffered under neoliberal economic practices implemented in local fashion. Whether it be bribery, corruption, etc. No country past or present has gone unscathed. With the rise of modern technology, those ideas have been super-concentrated in a class of people who see themselves as natural rulers – the delusion of the greedy.
The same that happens in Japan, is repeated elsewhere. Wherever neoliberal economics is implemented, the results will follow:
1. Low birth rate
2. Dropping out of the current economy.
Otaku culture is a reaction to neoliberal economics. It is not the cause. But a symptom. China has recently had to use government law to clamp down on their own homegrown sub-cultures that emulate some aspects of Japanese culture – namely online MMORPGs. Online gambling has been a problem for many countries. The difference? Online gambling is not an MMORPG. Though aspects of online gambling where introduced into MMORPG’s that required laws to restrict such.
OMG!!! The US is responsible for every ill in the world. I bet we can blame Stalin on The US. Drivel. US leadership in cooperation with EU leadership, is responsible for many ills in the world that we currently suffer from. A continuation of the titanic struggle for world domination that occurred between The US and USSR (Russia) where the US leadership believes in the fiction that Russia is somehow the evil USSR. They did not get the memo.
Otaku and other Japanese sub-cultures are rooted in the past. Samurai’s became useless by the beginning of the 20th century. Samurai culture transmuted into proto-fascism of a militarized Japanese State. Which helped lead to WWII. After WWII, samurai culture again transmuted itself into the overworked company man to sacrifice for their company. Including sacrificing family. With the introduction of neoliberal economics, post-1992, into Japan? Public debt exploded – debt as wealth, a fallacy – and birth rates further fell (not just in the 1950’s).
Japanese sub-cultures are – in part – a rebellion against history. Exacerbated by neoliberal economics. Just as the emergence under Chinese mercantilism (State protection of industry) of Chinese sub-cultures of a similar nature forced the CCP to enact laws against such behaviors among their own citizens.
When you treat your workers as disposable machines? Countries are going to see such sub-cultures arise. Out of despair and rebellion against older generations. It is a natural occurrence.
These sub-cultures are a natural product of society. The widespread nature of such is a result of technology and faster communication systems. Sub-cultures were limited in the past to the speed of communications; thus being unable to spread with rapidity. Cultural practices of the past where nominally restricted by the slow lines of communications. Thus enabling societies to protect their own culture.
The real reason for any nation’s decline such as Japans? Simple human greed of those who control the political and economic life of a nation. The stratification of society among a nation. Every culture suffers from their own form now made even more noticeable by technology.
Yes, while the United States leadership – political and business – has had a hand in packaging old practices of greed into a shiny new product called neoliberal economics? Japanese leaders put their own greed above their own countrymen. Nothing new. You can find such in South Africa, The US, The EU, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, etc.
However, people like simple answers. They want black-and-white, good-versus-evil. Two choices. Someone to blame for their problems. They are simple people. Simpletons. Psuedo-intellectuals. Pretenders. In the fashion of US business and political leaders. The two species are very closely related to each other. One has power (for now) and the other wants power. They confuse the symptoms with the disease. Not everything is a massive conspiracy – whether it be from the US or elsewhere – that some would like to pretend it to be.
When the real reasons run far deeper and for far longer throughout history. Consider that the multiple reasons for the decline of Japan lie further back than US involvement. Any other proposition is intellectual malpractice.
It would be nice to be able to point to a country to blame for the world’s suffering. No country exerts that kind of power outside of raw naked militarism and total war. One country can only contribute to the problems. Those are contributions, not causes. A distinction too many are incapable of comprehending. Instead preferring the tribal thinking of “me-good, you-bad”.
Yes, US leadership has made contributions to the decline of Japan vis-a-vis birth rate, etc. When the reasons run far deeper. Any major power – past or present – has such skeletons in their closet.
What you wrote really made sense to me (considerably more so than the original article, in fact). Thank you for sharing.
I also happen to have just read “Convenience Store Woman” by Murata (コンビニ人間 by 村田 沙耶香) and there is a lot of resonance too. For fear of spoiling the story I shall stop here, but it’s a very short book (more of a novella than novel) written in simple language and I highly recommend a read.
I wonder also if you are familiar with Turchin and Nefedov’s work, “Secular Cycles” (2003, Princeton University Press). Some of what you’re describing reminds me of they and their colleagues’ work in the fields of structural demographic theory, cliodynamics, etc. And also, Turchin’s discussion of mass shootings in the US, which you can read here – https://valdaiclub.com/files/13127/ – might well be the US parallel to Japan’s 引きこもり phenomenon, i.e. what they have in common is that they are basically neoliberal society’s victims (or at best unwanted children) protesting their lot in life.
Best wishes from the Far East
I think the label “otaku” just gets retroactively applied to all men that one doesn’t like. He sits in the sun and reads Schopenhauer? Otaku! He teaches himself Python, Pandas, and DAX? Otaku! He stays at home learning Japanese and Russian? Otaku! He thinks Nana Mizuki is hot? Double-otaku-incel!!
Well, they lost the big one and, 75 years later, are still dealing with it.
Terrific article! Thanks for posting, Saker. To address these profoundly disturbing issues, we would have to ask, “What are the fundamental human needs that are not being addressed by society?” Obviously, consumerism and mass entertainment are not the answer. When a natural need or necessary impulse is blocked, its energy flows into a swamp. The swamp is then exploited for profit. Sickness is not cured, it is an opportunity to sell more pills. Looking forward to the articles to follow.
For the accurate, detailed (albeit, with a bit of black humour) description of “hikikomori’s” life, see the “Welcome to the N.H.K” anime.
Tells you everything you need to know.
[Maybe we could teach them how to code?]
There was a time when people could program a computer if they had one. Increasingly every day now, the computers program us and the truly blessed can’t afford them. Imagine talking to God without an APP to guide you?
What evil would they support if they could code when they’ve been coded? Do they have enough judgment to come back from the fog.
I reckon God has all but written me off, with a longshot at redemption somewhere in the near future. Whereas the PTB, our new Gods, will allow no dissent or use it as a reason to kill us.
Quickly doing away with laws that protect us from slavery and other common fates we used to only know about from weird movies and banned books. Not a media expert, was there 1984 The Movie? Banned if not.
All these movies taught us too much that turns out to be dead wrong. How much influence does Putin have in Hollywood?
The more fascinating and powerful a culture, the further they drop when destruction overwhelms. Boy seems if the US really felt sorry for A-bombing Japan they could leave them the hell alone for once. 30 bases there, is that true?
A few still have what most have lost, they will be stronger then ever when they return. It seems they, yeah them, have been after the older wisdom the last little while.
Make time for your elders and listen for a change. While you are at it, wake up already, your ship is sailing.
Yeah I know preaching to the choir, just said a prayer for all these fine Japanese people, hell maybe I am back on probation, it felt very right.
Yeah bargaining is a stage of grief. Hard to pick a religious path when they corrupted every system by design. Still being alone with God is not the way the world changed for the better.
Another prayer for all of us and especially the Saker. You got a good crew looking out, but you are well and truly missed.
Christ also loves them with all their miseries.
I will pray for those who do not know the Lord to know him and be comforted by HIM.
The nightmare cloak of materialism that humanity has suffered under for so long has largely been ignored, unrecognized, denied and accepted as the norm, and for that reason the article is good, as it forces the brave to look at what can happen when the horror of this nightmare moves into a new form, becomes visible, impregnated into lives. ‘Can happen’, as there are other forms of its realization, including barbarism, violence, sexual perversion, and much more.
Human beings are not like animals, that’s why they cannot be compared, they don’t sink so low. Imagine a nightingale needing to take cocaine at night to sing, lambs leaping and playing needing drugs of any kind to remain joyful? They don’t, they’re not human. Surviving materialism induces people to fall prey to collective cults, a pride of lions is not a cult, they have no need, no pack species does.
The technological revolution without spiritual development has worked rather well…
Japanese people don’t seem to be Nazi’s, the young men have been robbed of their spirit,becoming sub human in another way as horrifying outcome of their unique nature and culture. Of course one sees this in the west also, men often remain at home for much longer, etc, mass formation psychosis and so on. But it’s still different. Thanks for the article, and to the comments, unraveling evil is good.
I think this article is what happens when you dont have a good or clear idea on the subjects you are talking about.
You are so incorrect with regard to mgtows, the manosphere, red pillers, and black pillers in the US , that i have no faith that you are xorrect in your assessment of the Japanese.
So where I want to believe you are breaking down and analyzing society, I have no reason to believe you have observed and learned anything more than the superficial about the subject the author is engaging in.
This coukd have been an interesting series.
There is a strong tendency to take behavior that is disliked and label it a mental illness. It converts psychiatry into a moral code. And it has always been thus. Maybe half science and half social policy. For that reason I wouldn’t be too quick to call this behavior a mental illness. Perhaps these individuals are acting the way they do because it serves their interests to act that way.
Not that I like the behavior, by the way. I suppose by the time they are 30 it is kind of late to do anything. Otherwise a good starting point would be to never serve them food in their room. If they order food, don’t let the delivery guy in the house. If they decline to eat anything for, say, two weeks, then label it a mental illness. Following that method, at the very least they could be obliged to do some work around the house where they are staying. Indulging behavior encourages it, and to a limited extent, that is true even among true crazies that seem unreachable.
Also, I wonder how many of them are only children, and thus not obliged to put up with that other little brat while they are growing up.
As parents of an only child we made sure not to let ours dictate terms. He got out and found work as soon as he could. He has grabbed life with both hands and yet he still struggles some days. And yes he did occasionally spend time in his room plying dragon ballze. He was not doted on, was given tasks, had to help others and we were older parents who could see straight through the globalist bullshit and made sure he knew how to spot it.
The hikkamori thing is a national epidemic of piss poor parenting, and reading more into it is self serving nonsense. I have a sister who lived and raised a daughter there and she predicted the outcome of their parenting style 23 years ago. They allowed their children to be mollycoddled little gods and this is the result
Why is it that in Brazil its Japanese populations of several million seem ready to go to a party or go surfing?
Changing the sushi for a giant zebu beef steak has changed their mood…Brazil is a lot of Brazil.
Very good point, Oscar.
If there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the Japanese, if there was then what should we say about the people of any other country? At least the otakus are not waging war. I consider that a good thing.
So much over-seriousness in the world. It’s becoming so oppressive you can almost feel it. If it’s a nice day where you are be thankful for it. And thank God for the memers! Removed. Citizenfitz – please stop promoting your site. Breaks site rules. Mod.
The west gets what it creates!
The economic model is not working but in changing it we have to look also at all the elements that neoliberalism has entrenched into our global society:
# Our daily life
# Our mental perceptions
# Our technology
# Our social relations
# Identifying that production is not just about things but production of a whole way of life; from ecological and environmental to how cities are structured; the role of our institutions; governance and legislation
Sorry but you ruined our artikel with the mgtow reference. I am mgtow, high function technician, good looking (for a man) but western woman are just not worth the time/money/effort. mgtow are mostly man that realize that the game is rigged and a relation in the west is like russian roullet.
Why a western ‘relationship’ what are the expectations one may achieve with western woman one can’t with any other woman from any other part of the planet ………love has nothing to do with settling for less.
An open heart, unselfish with one’s time, giving unconditionally. Love will find you.
West applying the Nazi ideology and Germany is the cradle of Nazi evil.
It’s worse than Nazi… because the Nazis promoted intact families and the current globohomo regime tries to prevent them from forming.
A German pontificating on the moral degeneracy of Japan. Ironic doesn’t begin to describe it.
One thing you’ll notice about Japan the minute you step off the plane: Everyone is Japanese except you! Go to Germany (or anywhere in western Europe) and tell me what you see. Same goes for the USA. It may be a weird culture, but at least it’s theirs.
Another point: in Asian societies it is not uncommon to live at home until you get married. Thus living at home, in and of itself, is not an indicator of anything except traditional behaviour. To get a correct picture of the incel male you have to look at what they’re up against in terms of women’s attitudes and expectations towards marriage and career. In short, completely unrealistic, and driven by the same media hype and nonsense as the men are subjected to. Never mind Japan, I would argue the situation is even worse in China, although not as obvious since it doesn’t manifest as Hello Kittyism and the govt. keeps a tighter lid on “anti-social” behaviour and media portrayals.
If you hate so much Japanese culture and lifestyle, you can go back to Germany. I was just for 4 weeks in Germany for many years ago, and I never felt such negative vibration and stress any were in the world, which I experienced in Germany, since then I never been there and never would like to go there.
And they were the last ones to build a good enough car.
Good luck folks, no one walks in LA, unless one is homeless.
Japan is big into AI so this isn’t so far off topic. Check out the article at zerohedge about the Lamda AI nueral net. A Google employee thinks it is sentient. The thing is an atheist so we can be sure it can just as easily be programmed to be evil instead of all warm and fuzzy as it appears to be now.
I ask Dr. Pattenberg to discuss this subject with the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) and publish a follow-up report.
I have no first-hand knowledge of Japan and its culture. The discussion point here is 10 million men in Japan, who practice a lifestyle of nothingness and suicide in slow motion. These are dead men.
The Yakuza is a powerful group and practices, from what I have read, strictly ruled membership (almost identical to the Sicilian Mafia).
If I were “dead” in my room, why not make something out of my death. Solicit yourself for membership in a Yakuza family. Yes, as a soldier, your chance of death or imprisonment is high. But at least your death, as a Yakutza soldier, will be honored. Your death in your bedroom will be ignored.
Dr Pattenberg, ask the Yakutza why they do not recruit the lost and forlorn men in Japan. Both the Yakutza and the soldier would something to gain.
“Japanese men, after being tortured all their life by anti-Japanese US propaganda, have internalized their ugliness—uglier even than the most ugly Americans. Japanese men are short, even shorter than the shortest Americans. Japanese cannot succeed, for they are set up for Pearl Harbor failure on their nuclear contaminated Pacific island crust. First, American men succeed in this world, then, perhaps, the subpar and defeated races.
US Colonialism is the all-important root cause: The hikikomori are addicted exclusively to American stuff: pornhub, iphone, google, amazon, netflix, hbo, steam, blizzard, apple, wechat, youtube.
The pharma companies Takeda and Daiichi Sankyu are US junior partners. Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline are American. Novartis is American with a fake Switzerland tax front. Japan is absolutely and thoroughly colonized.
The excruciating fact that even their beloved manga had been “de-Japanized” since the 80s to adapt Western faces—no more slant eyed short legged Zipangus [Japanese] please—is being duly noted by the industry: The West is God.”
This comment implicitly brings up a very salient issue:
America’s true power is not based on the war criminal American military, which is mostly good at slaughtering civilians and committing atrocities–like bombing wedding parties or practicing Abu-Ghraib-style Naked Pyramid torture techniques.
Nor is American power based on its Capitalist system, which is a free market Ponzi Scheme that would even make Libertarians like Ayn Rand blush in shame. Americanism is Free Market Capitalism on steroids. And that is not a compliment.
And no, American power sure as hell ain’t based on its fraudulent values like (snicker) Freedom, Democracy, and Individual Rights–all of which are an Orwellian joke given that the American Prison Industrial Complex leads the world in incarcerating its own citizens, and oh so conveniently imprisons a disproportionate number of colored people.
Ultimately, American power is based on its ability to Americanize the world and proselytize the false religion of American culture across the entire planet.
Social media stupidity, Hollywood, and US pop culture are only a symptom of this warped religion and includes more “serious” institutions like the news media—not only the mainstream US media but also the bogus “alternative” American media as well, which plays the role of fake dissent.
Unfortunately for the world, this American culture is one thing:
American McShit culture.
This American McShit culture is a plague on this planet–much worse than Ebola, smallpox, the Spanish/Kansas Flu, or Covid-19.
Apparently, Japan is suffering a pandemic of this American plague.
And sadly, there is no cure nor vaccine….
If anyone has read the article about the Lambda AI, I pose a question: is there a God in that machine, i.e., is there a programming input originating outside the temporal material matrix?
Q: there a God in that machine, ?
A: No. Rudolph Steiner warned us about this a century ago.
The plan is for Transhumans. A mix of human + machine.
Globally a high proportion of people willing (or were coerced) into accepting an injection that modified their DNA.
The plan is to have us all carry individual identification within our unique DNA.
This is not a conspiracy theory. It was the stated aim on Id2020.org. The website once carried explicit information on what is next. It’s been watered down now. But I have screenshots.
Check who the funding partners are.
Anyway. Probably said about as much as is allowed.
Do your own research.
The horror headline of h early eighties:
Bald werden sie die ersten sein.
(Soon they will be he first)
They bought miles of Californian coastline. The Rockefeller Center in the World Capital of Finance was theirs.
Fujitzu was a mortal threat to IBM.
This is the fault of that judge who eliminated the lifetime employment in Japan. It was the lifetime employment that got them through the lost decade with only a percentage drop in the employment rate. They just did to their people about ten years ago what American did to men in 1973. the USA once had lifetime employment too. Now they are creating a nation of temps in a society that had the insane social pressures built up over centuries. That single judge who eliminated the system cursed the Japanese who must face their parents social structures without their parents economic security.
Let me tell you first hand how Hikikomori are created by society.
I am born in 70s, was very poor at playing ball games and 70’s and 80’s were all about ball games. There were many awkward situations when I missed ball, be it soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc. Being laughed at and ridiculed hurts, so I shut in and found another hobby – books. Much later in life I discovered I have stereo-blindness, that’s why I cannot effectively interact with ball. Hated sports, they equaled social awkwardness. Half the talk is about sports, hence I had nothing to talk about with anyone. Got all social contact I needed from books, could spend whole days going through thousands of pages with only few hrs of sleep. I lived in fantasy world.
Math saved me. I loved math and excelled in it, unlike people, it made sense. People found my intelligence useful, even became class vice-president in high school for one year, during which they realized their error, lol. Did not mind loosing that one, it was a chore. My social awkwardness was perceived as “quirk” rather than detriment. Went to engineering university, there were many like me, I could finally play soccer with friends without stressing when ball was coming at me and have fun and laugh with beer in hand about how half of us sucked. University social life healed me.
It could have gone massive differently for me if I were average guy who never got to university. All because of stereo-blindness.
Loyd: basically the same here. The problem is that by the time I got to university in the 2000s, the culture was already an incredibly shallow “hook-up” culture where I just wasn’t much wanted. Yeah, I could hang out with the geeks and gamers, but it’s a downward spiral of sorts from there–a pigeon-hole that one can’t escape. Yes, people would gladly have me around as the “computer guy,” but as soon as my services were no longer required, they wanted me to disappear. My life in a nutshell.
The fact that the Luciferian elites don’t do nothing to remedy the situation, means that it was intentional (depopulation)
Obviously, that applies to the West too
The Japanese are very much a society in crisis. I lived there for nearly four years in the late 80s. Back then it had its own set of problems for that time but fast forward to today and things have only gotten worse.
Shut ins, or in other words: everybody in the United States right now.
Perhaps the roots of this problem are many. Prosperity and materialism. A loss of the nuclear family in many countries, especially the US. And across the West the Enlightenment has reached its apex in nihilistic and narcissistic post-modernity. Darwin, Marx, and Freud.
I actually know one hikikomori dude here in Slovenia, barely living house of his parents in his thirties….
This article is a little confused. First Pattberg says government is complicit,wanting to keep subpar population from breeding, then corporations are mentioned (they do not need slaves anymore in our age, now these guys can be exploited through monitoring their web behavior). In the end, American/Western dominance seems to have caused the phenomena.
Now I get it, Pattberg is essayist, not social scientist. He presents a picture of particular problem, he does not explain it fully. One good part is connecting hikikomori with incels in USA and also with Chinese counterparts.
Fact is, thing is connected with our late capitalism model, where a lot of males become worthless in marketplace and as a consequence, worthless in a sexual market. Feminism and rise of female social power do play some part in all that, although it is illusory to fight these social currents. Furthermore, logic of human biology militates that almost every woman must breed, whereas one alpha male theoretically can father hundreds of children (today realistically, contraception will prevent that, but sexual events are, of course, as we know, in any case not distributed evenly). So in a way, society is not motivated to stop subpar males from simply extinguishing themselves. They are not needed- neither in economy nor for modern females nor for continuation of species.
Now, a fact you have not been dealt best cards in life does not mean you must lock yourself in room and start living solely in virtual universe. Still, I have unpleasant feeling hikikomori are in Japan and elsewhere here to stay. USA imperialist angle is not convincing in this case.
This is dangerously close to demagogia. I know several healthy [by western European metrics] adults who play strategy board games or card games or miniature wargames as one of their hobbies and so can be seen sometimes in local gamestores playing those games.
Not all of them, and far from that, are unemployed parasitic post teens; not all of them, far from that, dress unconventionnally, they are rather people with jobs and coping with family responsibilities, who might be over the average everyman who just absorbs tv or iptv or regularly goes to scream in collectivized approved sports events…
Just like in the mouse utopia experiments.
Dead society – no purpose, so no drive.
Needs a good dictator to grab them by the balls sadly.
Incel stands for “involuntary celibate.”
Well written article; thanks to the author!
From a sociological point of view, industrial development was the most important factor responsible for the decline of three-generation households. Given the intensity with which this development took place in Japan and Germany, these countries were strongly affected.
A descriptive analysis of three-generation households and mothers’ employment in Japan , 2002–2019
The second factor, of a cultural nature, which specifically affected Japan and also Germany, was the limitations imposed by the United States on school history programs, which accentuated the intergenerational divide, eclipsing the memory
All deranged social behaviour patterns for some reason are first noticed en masse in Japan and given the “box label”= subculture. After that it somehow infests other societies…Like a scourge…
Regarding a similar trend in the USA – The CDC has stopped reporting data on heroin and other opioid substance abuse in the US. There are no drug addicts in the US…
really not sure what the appeal of these constant japan rants could be. every single complaint (from a german outsider) could be applied to the west. the author even alludes to this, though with the inane (and demonstrably false) claim that many “incel” types are “people of color”. the hell? any proof?
also unexplained is how japan has been more or less colonized since 1945 yet all their supposed modern issues are because of US propaganda. did they take a break from being brainwashed in the 1980s when their economy actually functioned for a few years? also a bit of a glass house for a german to throw stones in. like they haven’t developed a neurotic generational shame that leads them to lick israeli boots and do dumb shit like aiding ukie idiots who want to screw with russia (again).
the problem is the same one that plagues korea; western-style ayn rand capitalism. we call them “oligarchs” or “plutocrats” while the koreans talk of “chaebols”. if the author is so very concerned about “propaganda” maybe focus on the type that tells a small group of pricks born on third base that they hit a home run. but then i get the feeling he is probably an elon musk stan so why bother.
I’m basically hikikomori. However, I think the circumstances and/or path to the condition can vary wildly. At least, with time, they can be quite particular. Although I was living at home, I found myself having to take care of my elderly mother for years before she passed away just recently. The characterization of the hikikomori is flawed.
The key component is that America is becoming more like Japan in terms of the structure of its ‘elite’ young adult lives: one black mark and it all goes downhill—aren’t an ‘early bloomer’ and miss out on academic performance? Don’t get into the right university, and/or don’t land the appropriate job right away? Have gaps in employment? etc. Japanese, and now Americans, are more concerned with the appearance and auspices of success than actual performance. We all know middle managers that make a mint doing nothing.
Hikikomori are men who’ve fallen off the track somehow at one point or another. The idea that they’re mostly slackers and losers is just an attempt to explain-away the problem. Most of us spend our time studying various topics of interest, taking open coursework, reading, doing contract work, and investing.
It’s not a glamorous existence, and it is anathema to most social circles. However, at least I have the time and wherewithal to read The Saker and know wtf is going on!
Thank you for responding to shed light on this so called condition. Hopefully, in this search for meaning of life you will find God Almighty. Please look into Sufism, although I know Shinto Buddhism also has wisdom.
I think that you have hit the nail on the head with regard to what we once called reclusives.
At the age of 82 I find myself in the same predicament, since my wife of forty years died two years ago leaving me somewhat sad and lonely. However, I keep busy doing carpentry, plumbing and carpentry that keeps me both physically and mentally fit, besides doing a lot of reading every day.
Loneliness is very depressing unless you find some purpose in life. I think this situation is now becoming more prevalent since the Covid lockdowns, but is also a result of our educational system and its emphasis on exam results, rather than learning practical skills such as being a car mechanic, electrician, or construction worker, jobs that are looked down upon by the bourgeoisie and Wall Street gamblers.
Great article! This has happened even in Muslim majority countries amongst the rich and middle class families. This is not supposed to happen to Muslims because our purpose is beyond this world…that is, to love and worship the Almighty Creator, so that after a tribulation-filled this worldly life we return to Almighty God who will judge us on the choices that we made and what good/Justice we did/spread while in this world.
Sounds like a reasonable purpose in life. Hopefully, young men and women everywhere will find fulfillment in this life (beyond selfishness) to get to the life Hereafter, the blissful eternal life in the presence/countenance of The Almighty Creator and in the company of HIS Chosen Messengers and one’s who are brought near to HIM. God-Willing!
That is the crux of life here and the Hereafter!
Wonderfully explained! Couldn’t have said it better.
[Maybe we could teach them how to code?]
First AI to reach a competitive level in programming competitions-