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    Rent-a-sister: Coaxing Japanís hikikomori men out of their bedrooms



    At least half a million young men in Japan are thought to have withdrawn from society, and refuse to leave their bedrooms. Theyíre known as hikikomori.

    Their families often donít know what to do, but one organization is offering Ďsisters for hireí to help coax these young men out of their isolation.

    A film by Amelia Martyn-Hemphill for BBC World Hacks

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    Re: Rent-a-sister: Coaxing Japanís hikikomori men out of their bedrooms

    Japan is a very isolating society. Imagine how awful it is to engage with a world that is judging you 24/7 and most close relationships are rife with problems surrounding seniority, authority, and other social expectations.

    Throw in depression and awareness of the arc of life in Japanese terms and you arrive at: "Fuck the world. I'm done."

    If Japan had free (uncensored) porn or heroin, it'd dive right in and check right the fuck out.
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    Re: Rent-a-sister: Coaxing Japanís hikikomori men out of their bedrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Star-Demon View Post
    Japan is a very isolating society. Imagine how awful it is to engage with a world that is judging you 24/7 and most close relationships are rife with problems surrounding seniority, authority, and other social expectations.

    Throw in depression and awareness of the arc of life in Japanese terms and you arrive at: "Fuck the world. I'm done."

    If Japan had free (uncensored) porn or heroin, it'd dive right in and check right the fuck out.
    My brother-in-law spent half a decade or so there teaching english.

    He's almost 40 and aside from that and a brief job patrolling some kind of truckyard, he's never had a job.

    He's 100% white, speaks (or at least used to) fluent japanese, wrote three forms of script, one I understand is alphabetic, then there's complicated and another that's hard to draw and super formal or something, and he has ABSOLUTELY NO DESIRE to ever get another job.

    He's been living off of his parents for almost 40 years just soaking up money as they buy him every goddamned thing he wants. From used Atari to NES to every. single. game. console. he. asks. for.

    It's a 5 bedroom house. He has THREE of them to house his video game systems. At one point in time he had 4, plus the basement.

    Yeah, there are elements of culture that perpetuate social isolation from other people, but if I had to accept business cards with both hands open and then return mine in kind and sort them VERY VISIBLY according to how people were seated around the table, I'd be pretty irritated and ultimately depressed about formality for no actual reason I understand.

    Yes, I acknowledge you. That's why I'm HERE and PRESENT. Let's get down to business, after all, that's what we're here for. If you want a meet-and-greet, let's do that OUTSIDE of the office and we can get to know each other BEFORE business discussions.

    The paradigm there makes no sense to me but forcing someone to constantly focus on succeeding with no time to relax or establish what they think about who they are as a person is what results in "fuck the world", especially when there aren't any ready options.

    Most of my 20-something coworkers are big into "fuck the world" and while they go out a lot more and congregate at concerts and whatnot, they don't really socialize.
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    Re: Rent-a-sister: Coaxing Japanís hikikomori men out of their bedrooms

    I wonder about these people sometimes. I'm aware there are different societal pressures, but a lot of the base causes don't seem to be specific to Japan. At the end of the day it's about social anxiety is it not? And it's not possible without families both willing and capable of supporting you while you hide away in isolation.

    I also think there is a fair chance that social media is going to encourage similar reactions for people living outside of Japan. A world judging you 24/7, in which you are always on display and always, always seeking approval from others while competing with literally every single other person on the planet? Yeah good luck with that baggage kids.


    As for the topic starter, I was pretty skeptical at first, but after watching the video it sort of seems like a psychologist playing a role that the subject would find un-threatening and willing to open up to. Still weird though. For what it's worth, I watched an episode of Conan where he went to an agency that let him rent an entire family. He had his fake father apologize for something his real father did to him years and years ago.

    I understand feeling isolated and anxious with people, but having to hire fake family and friends to fill that hole is just too dark. There are thousands of other people that feel exactly the same as you do, why not try and reach out to them? It really makes me wonder if everyone has this all backwards.

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    Re: Rent-a-sister: Coaxing Japanís hikikomori men out of their bedrooms

    Merrick your b-in-law sounds like one of my in-laws lmao (well former.)

    What will they think of next? I've been toying w/the idea of sending the top hooker in Lancaster, PA to my buddy 'The Simple Aimish Farmer.' Like me he's a two time loser (divorce X's 2.) He keeps complaining he'd like to have a wet noodle. Problem is, his mom lives across the street. Oh well, every dog has his day.

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