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- (uncountable) A Japanese phenomenon whereby an individual becomes a recluse from society, typically remaining in a single room at home for a very long period.
- (countable) A reclusive person of this kind.
- 2019 June 6, Motoko Rich, “Japan’s Extreme Recluses Already Faced Stigma. Now, After Knifings, They’re Feared.”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- Many prefectural governments operate support centers for families of hikikomori, but they are staffed by nonspecialists. The priority is to help prise hikikomori out of their rooms and get them back to work, a solution that may leave psychological issues unaddressed.
hikikomori n (indeclinable)