How do you say 'hikikomori' in English? Term makes latest Oxford Dictionary
Aug. 21, 2010 | The Japan Times Online —LONDON: “Hikikomori,” a word that has come into common usage in recent years to signify the abnormal avoidance of social contact, especially by adolescent males, has found its way into the third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English published Thursday...more…
Q: How do you say ‘hikikomori’ in English?
Almost every Japanese person will proudly claim they are “shy” but many are extremely shy to the painfull point of avoidant personality disorder or mental illness. The “current” concern about suffering from social phobia or social anxiety problems—Hikikomori (Wiki) is to be expected—They were raised that way.
Most, yes MOST, of the 900 engineers I worked with in Hitachi were to some degree pathologically shy and would avoid interaction with others—10 to 15% of them were just raving closeted freakazoids.
Also refer to the previous 3Yen report:
. . . . —‘Hikikomori’ in Japan vs ‘Sotokomori’ closeted freakazoids overseas