There may be more young people in Hong Kong with the condition known as ‘hikikomori’ than in Japan, where the term was coined. Photo: Stephanie Teng
There may be more young people in Hong Kong with the condition known as ‘hikikomori’ than in Japan, where the term was coined. Photo: Stephanie Teng

Hong Kong’s hidden youth: societal pressure driving city’s young into apathy and reclusiveness

  • Hikikomori trend is widely known in Japan, but receives little attention here, where up to 2 per cent of the population may be withdrawn
  • Confucian societies are seen as more susceptible because of parental pressure and peer expectations

There may be more young people in Hong Kong with the condition known as ‘hikikomori’ than in Japan, where the term was coined. Photo: Stephanie Teng
There may be more young people in Hong Kong with the condition known as ‘hikikomori’ than in Japan, where the term was coined. Photo: Stephanie Teng
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