Analyses | Social mobility and wellbeing | 2019-08-24 | HKET

The midlife crisis among ‘hikikomori’



‘Hikikomori’ is often associated with lazy and introverted young people who stay at home and play video games all day. However, many ‘hikikomori’ in Japan are middle-aged who have not only withdrawn socially but also relied on their ageing parents financially. What are the challenges facing the society when middle-aged ‘hikikomori’ becomes more common? Does Hong Kong encounter similar problems?

The full version of the commentary is in Chinese only.