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A psychological ailment called 'hikikomori' is imprisoning 500,000 Japanese people in their homes - and it's more of a threat than ever

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Hikikomori is a psychological condition which makes people shut themselves off from society, often staying in their houses for months on end.
There are at least half a million of them in Japan.
It was once thought of as a young person's condition, but sufferers are getting older and staying locked away for longer.
It is an economic as well as a social threat to the country, and is seriously worrying Shinzo Abe's government.
Hayashi Kyoko started becoming a social recluse when her high school principal started talking about university entrance exams on the first day of...
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