A hikikomori who carved up his brothers with a kitchen knife and then hanged himself after his twin brother dared to tell him to get a job has been highlighting the dangers of hikikomori interventions…
Police in Tokyo’s Suginami city learnt of the incident when they received an emergency call from an unemployed 75-year-old woman who reported that “my son is waving a knife around and stabbed his brothers!”
The catalyst for the incident was apparently the elder brother (45) lecturing his hikikomori sibling (45) and telling him to get a job, which caused him to fly into a rage and attack him. Their younger brother came upon the scene (42) and was then attacked himself.
Their mother lived in the same building and raised the alarm, and when police arrived they found the hikikomori had hanged himself, whilst his two brothers had been stabbed repeatedly and were in serious condition.
All three were taken to hospital, with the hikikomori being confirmed dead and the younger brother seriously injured, whilst the elder brother was so severely injured he remains unconscious in a critical condition.
The three brothers, the elder two of whom were twins, lived together with their elderly parents at the family home. Their father was not present during the incident, as he was receiving treatment at hospital.
Only the elder brother worked, although their parents were able to live comfortably off the rent they received from their numerous properties, and neighbours commented on how well maintained their residence was.
The substantial perils of interfering with a hikikomori’s isolation are by now well known amongst those who it might be thought make up most of the hikikomori population themselves:
“Another one of your comrades is dead!”
“You guys, try to die on your own without incident.”
“Telling a hikikomori to work, this is a novel form of suicide…”
“There must be a lot of families like this around.”
“An unemployed over-40 is not realistically going to be able to get a job any more.”
“Telling a hikky to get a job is just reckless!”
“Kill yourself at the start. Annihilating your siblings is too cruel to your parents.”
“At least it all ended in their household.”
“This is your future! Please don’t drag other people into it, though.”
“At that age, it certainly would not be easy for them to get a job.”
“They were twins… I can kind of understand wanting to kill your ‘elder’ twin for lecturing you on how you should be working.”
“Thinking like that just makes you a potential murderer yourself!”
“The unemployed are seriously worse than any yakuza. Their families need to take responsibility for them.”
“Someone like that has nothing to lose, you cannot be sure what they will do.”
“Three single forty-something sons living together with their parents? Ye gods, what a squalid scenario!”
“He had the guts to do this and then hang himself. Finding a job should have been easy. It almost seems a waste.”
“I’m a fresh graduate and I can’t even find work. Some 40+ hiki is never going to find a job, even part-time.”
“And all this was on a Monday morning, what were they all doing there!?”
“A house that size in Suginami, their parents must have been elite and very wealthy…”
“I’m 25 and I can’t find work. No way could he.”
“With no experience, at 45 he couldn’t even get a part-time job at a conbini.”
“It’s amazing really. With Japan the way it is now, it really is easier for a hikikomori to kill themselves than to find work.”
“This is our future, getting nearer…”