Hikikomori Murders Father Rather Than Face World


A schoolboy hikikomori who shut himself away from the world became so disquieted at the prospect of ending his hermit lifestyle, after his father resolved to help him by ending his hikikomori lifestyle, that he stabbed him to death.

The boy (17), who was attending a correspondence high school, had apparently shut himself in several months previously, but his father (54) objected and resolved to break his isolation.

However, this had tragic consequences, as his son evidently could not abide the prospect and one day took a kitchen knife and stabbed his father in the back; the deed done, he called 119, saying bluntly “I stabbed my father in the back with a kitchen knife”.

Police soon arrived and arrested him on the spot for assault. His father was conveyed to hospital but died all the same, and the charges were soon elevated to murder.

Clearly this is an example of hikikomori behaviour taken to tragic extremes, although of course we do not hear of what sort of actions the father was taking – it is not unthinkable that he was behaving in an extreme manner too, though of course this hardly justifies patricide.

Via ZakZak.

It’s not clear whether prison is compatible with a hikikomori lifestyle, so his actions are puzzling.

State plans to force hikikomori into tax-paying occupations may prove more dangerous than might be thought…

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    Comment by Pau
    05:47 10/01/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Hikkikomoris need to be taken out of their rooms slowly u.u its s serious psychological condition, not pure laziness

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Is 119 like the Japanese version of 911?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    911 in japan is the number to call Pizza Hut xD

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    Comment by Quen
    12:06 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes, 119 is the basic emergency number in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Even moreso. 119 is the International emergency number.
    It's not that Japanese or Europeans are different. It's the Americans trying to stand out. >_>

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    Comment by Scarhcqc
    14:34 22/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    119 Is not the International emergency number.
    119 is the emergency telephone number in parts of Asia and in Jamaica. and
    000 Emergency phone number in Australia.
    111 Emergency phone number in New Zealand.
    112 Emergency phone number across the European Union and on GSM mobile networks across the world.
    911 Emergency phone number in US and Canada.
    999 Old emergency phone number in Ireland, Poland and United Kingdom (where it works parallel to 112). Also an emergency number in several non-EU countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:31 11/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    hear at ururgyay have the 911

    Comment by Yoneda
    06:08 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >>The boy (17), who was attending a correspondence high school...

    He 'visited' high school although his compulsory schooling was over, so he actually was a contributing member of society by producing education and future work possibilites. Why would the government want to drag him out of his lifestyle? I thought they only were after the NEETs. Not to say that all NEETs are useless for society, there are other ways to contribute to society than paying taxes, you know. And there are also ways to contribute negatively to society which can easily offset the taxes people pay...

    Poor father, he probably only wanted to help him and was quite desperate himself. I guess both of them failed at trying to understand each other's motives.

    Comment by Spoony Bard
    06:20 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If he was attending non-compulsory school, then he's technically not really a hikikomori..

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    Comment by Miroku74
    05:33 10/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess the kid *really* didn't wanna go out. lol

    A bad way to state it, but... the kid'll have many years to think about the stupidity of burying the hatchet.... err, kitchen knife with his father.

    Hikkikomori - 1..... Parental intervention - 0.

    Comment by Mike Day
    19:05 06/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a hikikomori.

    Comment by sunstreaker
    23:48 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    one thing I learned in life is never to judge other peoples actions according to your perceptions.
    Everyone has their demons. We all have our breaking point. Maybe he reached his.

    I do feel sorry for him though. He's only 17 years old. His best years have yet to come. His whole life is ahead of him. If only he can see it.

    Now it's all gone. Why must peoples only realize things when it's too late.

    Comment by flip
    16:04 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow...he really didn't want to go outside.

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    Comment by Jin Stevens
    07:11 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I sense bullying and not fitting in with your peers. High school and adolescence is rough if you don't exactly fit the mold. I feel for the family...that's a double tragedy.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    06:42 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's almost scary how accurate I was on a comment made somedays ago at DannyChoo.com

    Comment by Spoony Bard
    06:56 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, I remember that comment. Yeah, it's rather scary how accurate it was.O_o

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

    This site just loves talking about all the negative aspects of the world eh? Negative sells more than positive, right?

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    Comment by darknetwork
    22:31 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    simple solution for your problem. don't open this site.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:58 24/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hikkikomoru trash should be forced to do slave labor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Just go and die at somewhere quiet and let the world save up on the money spent on you."

    This is what comes to my mind after I read news like this =/

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    12:08 07/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why don't they join Japan's Self-Defence Forces?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gragh! I'm against everything everyone says because they're unintelligent weirdos, and they're not qualified to say anything about whatever! Wake up people, someone died from this, your views on how stupid someone is because you disagree with their speculation really comes down to an inane mass of ignorance. We're arguing about laws of society and whether or not something is a psychological problem. A son murdered his father because that father tried to help him. Whether or not he's just lazy, the father died. You're missing the point by arguing semantics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 31/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    its sad that all you kids with no jobs are pro hikikomori :(

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    Comment by Fonzer
    05:19 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    people seem to forget hikkomoris that suffer from depression,get abnormal thinking.
    Meh but if you are depressed anywhere you can have quite some problems in life.Like faulty thinking by making mistakes not deciding right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hikikomori's are a joke of society. Weak-minded animals that have no place in this world.

    I think we should grab them from their homes, Chain them all together and force them to march all around Japan and see the world.

    Make them sleep outdoors with a sleeping bag and tent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 10/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only way that prison is compatible with a hikikomori lifestyle is solitary confinement..

    Comment by Spoony Bard
    06:00 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do so many feel that hikikomori should be dragged outside and forced to contribute to society? If they want to be left alone, I say let them. Many of you say they have to face the real world some day, but you forget the reason they forced themselves into isolation in the first place; they faced the world once before and couldn't handle it. Society is a cruel and malicious thing to some. If they don't want to deal with it, why make them?

    However, the issue of getting free money from the gov't is a problem, I'll agree. Most governments should simply stay out of citizens' economic matters unless the person is physically disabled.

    Comment by Seravy
    23:05 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wonderful? eww...i'd rather live on the moon if I could.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is more manslaughter than murder. but its a shame. there is a wonderful world out there and people are not experiencing it.

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    Comment by metatron
    21:58 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He can now be hikki in prison w/o anyone helping him to fix his life

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    at least the kid will got his wish, he'll be a hikki for a long time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:17 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like getting mentally and physically raped in jail then returns to society as a manic.

    Comment by Zelgadis4tw
    00:39 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed, he's either gonna find his balls in jail and be a real man, or which is far more likely of the two as anon#2? says, he will end up being one insanely demented maniac whom won't be able to function in society, as opposed to what he did before and was unwilling to.

    Comment by Garland
    20:13 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Take them out. No matter the cost. Make them face the real world and learn to live with it.

    Everyone else has to.

    Comment by kareal
    20:23 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ah, the wonders of equality.

    Comment by Garland
    20:31 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Freedom and liberty comes with the added clause of responsibility to be a productive part of society, not live off your parents and refuse to go to work claiming self-diagnosed Assburgers. Nothing's free in this life, and if they want to live isolated from the civilization that's keeping them alive let them move to... I dunno, Tibet? The jungles of South America? the Moon?

    I wouldn't mind losing them to wild animals though, so perhaps... Jungles of India? Or the Savannahs of Africa.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 21/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Freedom and liberty comes with the added clause of responsibility to be a productive part of society,..."

    Yes, you too can be free as long as you do what we want.

    Wait what?

    Freedom and liberty are overused words. The society you describe is money driven instead of rule driven like communism for example.
    However it is certainly not driven by freedom and liberty.

    Comment by Jemmie
    21:56 10/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Narcissist...that sounds like some corrupted monk shit...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 10/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Narcissist's comment only makes sense if it's ironic

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    Comment by Narcissist
    08:19 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha.
    If you meet your father, kill your father.
    Only live your life as it is, not bound to anything.

    Comment by Waterfall Towers
    22:55 29/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Narcissist is quoting from a Buddhist koan which was mentioned in The Temple of the Golden Pavillion, written by Yukio Mishima - a celebrated author in 60s Japan who was a repressed gay masochist; and who kidnapped an army general and committed seppukku.

    Quite apt for an article about people with psychological problems...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 30/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Narcissist is win.

    Comment by M
    08:51 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Narcissist is win, end of story

    Comment by Garland
    21:32 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You seriously believe that?


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    Comment by DmonHiro
    20:53 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone is entitled to live however they want as long as it's legal.Freedom comes with no such clause. Society keeps nobody alive.

    Comment by Anon
    03:23 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is no duty to society...every person lives for themselves and should be able to do as they wish as long as they don't infringe upon the rights of others to do the same...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    we see garland trollan

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    Comment by Kaiden
    20:34 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    indeed. a person dies for every hikikomori that faces the real world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another dumbass who thinks he's a doctor. You assume Hikki's are just lazy people who don't want to work in society. Shows how little you understand of the world. You really have a glib understanding of everything, don't you? Everything is either black and white in your world. Did ever consider these people may have other afflictions, as well? Do you think this comes from laziness or lack of focus? Think before you spout off things you don't truly understand.

    Comment by Garland
    08:00 09/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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