Hikikomori Butcher Controlled Family Like Puppets


The bizarre case of a hikikomori who went on a berserk killing spree after losing his Internet access, slaughtering his defenceless baby niece and killing his own father, was in fact far stranger than anyone save the family realised – it appears the hikikomori had taken control of the family completely in order to satisfy his obsessive compulsions, finally destroying them when they rebelled against his domination.

The 30-year-old Aichi hikikomori slaughtered his family, viciously hacking to death his 1-year-old niece and 58-year-old father and maiming 3 others, and then burnt down his home in an incident which shocked Japan and further confirmed suspicions that hikikomori can be possessed by psychopathic tendencies which belie their withdrawn exterior.

The details of the case can be read in the previous article.

Hikikomori murders are not unheard of, but in this case the family’s testimony after the massacre indicates matters were far more bizarre than anyone would have suspected.

After he graduated from middle school at 15, the hikikomori-to-be briefly worked at a confectionery factory before falling ill and withdrawing into seclusion at his home; this situation persisted for 15 years, during which time the family was warped into the plaything of the reclusive hikikomori, seemingly existing only to serve his bizarre obsessions.

The family’s 24-year-old second son, who escaped the massacre, explained that far from using his father’s credit card without permission, the hikikomori actually controlled the family’s finances completely, taking his father’s salary and giving his parents an allowance.

Matters began to escalate several years ago when the hikikomori developed an interest in online shopping.

He would use his father’s card to buy photo albums, T-shirts and other items, all of which he would hoard in his room, not even opening them – “every day new packages would arrive, and his room on the second floor was buried in them.”

In fact, the hikikomori had actually taken control of the family finances completely, each month taking his father’s salary and giving him $500 as an allowance, along with a further $400 for his mother.

The rest he kept for himself, evidently squandering it on his collection of boxes. The father, it is said, “just went along with this.”

The family sought advice on how to deal with this “shopping dependence,” and were advised by police and local clinics that they should “stop his card and cancel his Internet access,” which they set about doing to tragic effect.

Upon investigation his father and brother were shocked to discover he had in fact racked up debts of some $25,000 using the card.

They resolved to take action, and had his Internet account ceased, but he merely had it reactivated. After this the father cancelled the contract completely, at which point his son snapped and went on his killing spree.

Although in a case like this it is the hikikomori at whose feet criminal responsibility must ultimately lie, in this and similar cases it appears the parents also bear a grave responsibility – the existence of a hikikomori requires both a parasite and a host, and it is the parents who choose to indulge and harbour their offspring, eventually allowing them to sink into a state of permanent and evidently highly dangerous dependence.

In this respect, far from being lonely aberrations it appears hikikomori are actually the direct creations of their parents.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:09 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The family sought advice on how to deal with this “shopping dependence,” and were advised by police and local clinics that they should “stop his card and cancel his Internet access,”

    well now we know who should be sued

    Comment by Dark Mage
    08:29 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The police as always don't know jack.
    They should have sent him to a mental clinic once it became clear the bad behavior would not self correct and got the guys in white coats to carry him off if he resisted.

    Though this could be another faux pas in Japan in there is a stigma against someone getting psychiatric help like there used to be in the west.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not entirely sure I agree with the last paragraph. Though it is the parent's fault as well, something about how it's written just doesn't sit right.
    The last paragraph seems to be diverting too much blame away from the hikki in question. I think the parents indisputably screwed up, but the hikikomori is the most at fault. While the parents certainly lacked the spine to help their son, I think they accepted his growing eccentricities because they didn't have much recourse, given cultural climate and the "sweep it under the rug" attitude psychoses seems to get.
    I blame the hikikomori most for his problems, and acknowledge that his parents enabled and facilitated them, but they seem more like prisoners to this guy's problems than encouraging of.

    cue downvoting probably, but I'm just saying...

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    06:07 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I quite agree with you. When you become an adult, you become the owner of your person, and you make of yourself whatever you want, growing out of blaming your parents for your own problems. He wanted to make a coward out of himself in this case.

    However "Raise crows and they'll poke your eyes out" has never been more true.

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    Comment by motaku96
    08:13 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hope he gets the death penalty. Anything else would be a waste of resources on this guy.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dont tase me bro

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Retarded, people need to stop blaming bad parenting and start blaming children that can not take responsibility for their own actions, especially ones that are older than 15.

    In addition, Hikki should be a jailable offense, the identities of these jailed Hikkis should be protected both for their future integration back into society and the identities of their family members so they will not be deeply shamed.

    Pressures of society norms are causing parents to make these decisions, whereas there is no excuse for the Hikki for his behavior.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:31 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm going to speak what I believe is the truth even if it may offend some people here.

    There is a third factor at work here as well and most of the people of Japan do not want to admit it.
    The elephant in the living room issue behind Hikikomori is the Japanese culture surrounding education and employment.

    As long as people's fates are decided in middle school and the chance to better one's self later in life denied we will see more of this kind of news from Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    he lost self control... i seriously pity this family while its true its the parents fault for not controlling thier son but its also the sons fault for not controlling himself on his spending... this kind of guys just sucked

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    Comment by Kelvin
    01:42 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A wake up call for everyone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should have just walled up his room. There are some people that the world can truly do without, and this guy is a perfect example.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    01:53 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cask of Amantillado, anyone? ^_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "For the love of God, Montresor!"

    "Yes, for the love of God."

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This spanish saying is appropriate:

    cría cuervos y te sacarán los ojos.
    Breed crows, and they'll take out your eyes.

    that means: raise your children badly and you'll suffer for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think they would have done better to take precautions against his rage before staging a rebellion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is what chris-chan will be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is it the parents' fault at all? The second son got married, had a kid and seems to be doing fine.

    The hikki chose to live 15 years as a useless parasite. He chose to kill people when he doesn't get what he wants. Nobody put a gun to his head and made him do all that.

    Of course the 30 year old basement dwellers in SanCom would blame the parents. It's always easier to pass off responsibility elsewhere. Blame the parents, the teachers, the society. Anything but take personal responsibility on how screwed up you become.

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    02:03 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well said on the parasite/host analogy, Arte. For a parasite to exist, there first needs to be a host. If the host decided to do something early on, the parasite might not have become so fatal.

    These hikko parents seriously need to wake up if they value their lives. If their kids decide to lock themselves up, had it never occurred to them that they could simply just knock the door down and walk in? They need to stop using the "but leaving our kid to grow out of it is a Japanese/Asian cultural thing" as an excuse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I said it in the first article - I'll even pay for my own plane ticket to Japan. Fuck the trial i've read enough this bastard needs to not die but to suffer a long horrendous existence.

    I'll use the same bloody knife to gouge out his eyeballs (but slowly carve them out - unlike how he quickly killed his niece and father) and throw him into jail with whatever the equivalent japanese "BUBBA" or maybe he'd be named "SUMO"

    Without his eyes this bag of shit can't even see his beloved 2d waifus.

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    Comment by kitetsu
    00:55 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reading this makes me glad I'm only a half-hikki. I spend long hours at home, but the rest of the time I have to go to school in hopes that my future job will give me more money than just $250 every 2 weeks.

    This particular hikki is absolute trash and deserves all the pity he can deny all he wants; he's merely serving himself as a walking exhibit of human failure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 21/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The parents share some responsibility for his hikikomori behavior. Just like there are some who are welfare addicts as far as the government is concerned, the fault lies on both sides.

    That said, the only person that should take any responsibility for what he did to his father and niece is himself. While his parents helped make him a hikikomori with their coddling actions, he's the one who took their far-too-late-in-coming discipline as an excuse to become a murderer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:09 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    this peeps needs a mental asylum
    and medical cures
    we have this in europe why they dont call police or

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    Comment by kanito
    01:22 13/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    poor hikko bastards...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:58 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan should have an army, then this hikikomoris will be forced to go through military services, that would probably solve the problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 30/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMFG, There is NO excuse for committing murder! No reason or cause is good enough for someone to kill someone. Don't go hating amazingly kind and gentle, won't hurt a fly people just because they aren't assertive. Some people find it hard to take control of situations, they were born like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:04 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No internet = no exp gain. All he wanted to do was level up. xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:16 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both are to blame. There are no winners. Just losers trying to justify their own failures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    curb stomp
    tapped out

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what's he going to do now without interwebs in prison? cry? try to stab his burly, ready to rape him fellow inmates? ha, ha. good luck with that.
    Serves him right for killing a baby.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck, this guy was a complete monster! I'm sick of seeing people make excuses for hikkikomori not having any elements of basic decency or humanity- yes the parents should have done something about this sick fuck long ago, but that doesn't make him in ANY way blameless for his utterly evil actions. I'm praying he gets the death sentance, and quickly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:07 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for the blatant and outright moral pronouncement on the situation Sankakucomplex. We really needed you to help us think through this, being the mindless creations of this website that we are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:58 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're welcome peon. :) Come back if you have any further questions about morals or 2D vs 3D we are always here to help and are never wrong.

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    Comment by Niwa
    21:08 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. Family should've taken a hint (Bless the second son for realizing it even if to late)

    2. Can we just have batshit crazy hikkomori killed already?!

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    Comment by Wolfy
    21:22 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Any sane person can become crazy so that's not really the best solution.We can't just kill our problems away like this Hikikimori did or we'd just be as crazy as him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ....fail. No other words but fail.

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    Comment by Psychosomatic
    20:57 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It may have started out with the parents giving him the responsibility of household finances. Maybe to give him some manner of a sense of accomplishment and some responsibility. Pure speculation, but it's possible. Regardless, the packages coming every day that weren't opened should have raised some manner of red flag. Parenting isn't easy by any means. But damn....stupid is still stupid. I don't really think they deserved death for such stupidity. They just acted way too late to make any change in the hikki that didn't involve him snapping.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    why they dont kill him when they have the chance?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:51 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This unfortunately hits a bit close to home to me. Shut-ins have A LOT of control over their family - but its through despicable means.

    First, is GUILT - they constantly remind their parents about how their failed parenting skills made them what they are... and pretty much swindle all they can through that.

    Second is NO SHAME - they will throw tantrums in the middle of the supermarket, on the street, whenever they don't get their way and the embarrassed family just has to put up with it until their 30 year old baby calms down.

    Thirdly is COMPLETE AND UTTER SELFISHNESS - absolutely 100% of their actions are done only for their sake, and those actions are almost always short term. They feel that since no one else in the entire world is worse off than them (as they sit around and play on the computer), then they really only can afford to look out for themselves from now on.

    For example, back in the day, my brother... even after racking $6000 debt playing pay-by-the minute dial-up MMO, and dropping out of ivy league school because of said MMO, would still play the MMO at home, even though it tied up the phone lines and then when clients tried to call my dad with medical emergencies all they got was a busy signal. After two weeks of really telling him that he was interfering with family business, my dad just broke down and bought a second telephone line.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    05:01 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dail-up MMO I never knew such things existed or one could run up a $6000 tab on one.
    If I did that my dad would have made me sell my car.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My parents would just yell at me, tell that I'm useless crap and cut the line.

    It somewhat worked, I attend university, but I have some mental problems.
    Well, could've been worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why the hell would anyone want to do this thing???
    that guy is a psycopath.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the confectionery factory he worked must've sucked massive balls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:22 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or he sucked in making chocolate balls.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    16:30 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean chocolate salty balls.

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    Comment by Wolfy
    20:40 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some people just shouldn't have kids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 20/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or rather, some kids just shouldn't be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except for the fact their other kids seem to have turned out fine. So, one bad apple. You never know how you're little bundle of horror and debt will turn out.

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    Comment by giascle
    19:31 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How the hell did they go 15 years without at least saying, "Son, you don't need a shirt you're never going to wear"?

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    Comment by DFC
    19:34 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or "Son, I am disappoint."

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    Comment by Ghost Dog
    19:38 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    His brother and father should've kicked his ass out the door.

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    Comment by Obsidian
    19:46 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know those idiot parents who goes by the belief of saying "My daughter/son is important! He/she just needs more time for his/her life to think about."?
    Yeah.... uhhh, I assume that they can't.

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