When a death occurs, most people can quickly and responsibly deal with the situation. However, a man in Osaka knowingly left his father’s corpse in the house and lived with it for almost two weeks without alerting authorities. The man told police that he was unable to contact anyone about the death because he is a "hikikomori."
"Hikikomori" (引きこもり) refers to an individual who has withdrawn from society and social interaction for long periods of time. In many cases, these people don’t leave their homes, hold jobs, or have any friends. They are often middle class men in their thirties who rely on their parents for support. In English we would probably call this kind of person a hermit or shut-in.
In Japan there is a growing population of people with this condition. A Japanese government report from 2010 stated there were possibly 700,000 "hikikomori" in Japan and 1.55 million more on the verge of becoming "hikikomori." Rigid societal and cultural pressures are said to be some of the main contributing factors. For example, failing an entrance can be one of the triggers.
On Dec 12, police received a call from the Asahi district of Osaka. The 34-year-old unemployed man living in the single room residence stated, “My father is dead.” The man and his father had been living together because of the father’s poor health.
Upon investigation, the local police found the body of the 68-year-old father lying on a futon. The father’s body had no signs of any external injuries. The man said that after waking up on Dec 1, he noticed that his father wasn’t breathing. Rather than contact the outside world, the man lived with the body of his father for almost two weeks. Authorities are looking into the cause of death and have started preliminary measures on whether to charge the man for abandonment of a body.
Source: Hachima Kiko
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