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Michael Dziesinski
Honolulu & Tokyo
I'm a University of Hawaii PhD in Sociology discussing youth issues in Japanese society in this blog.
Interests: Japan, sociology, youth culture, popular culture, social issues, globalization, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, consumption and identity.
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From my research the more successful approach to the acute social withdrawal is to remove the person from the stagnant home environment and put them into a group situation with peers in the same state. ... I still maintain that the majority of youth so-labeled as hikikomori are not mentally ill but socially isolated and in need of a third party intervention to bring them back into functionality in everyday society. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Japan's Lost Generation
English director Laurence Thrush and executive producer Takao Saiki released "Tobira no Muko" (Left handed) back in 2009 and the film now is due for an official release in Japan. ... You can read about the film in greater detail on the ENglish website for the film: Tobira no Muko And here is a subtitled Youtube trailer for the film: ~M.D. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Japan's Lost Generation
There was an article in the New York Times in 2006 about hikikomori. Even though the Gray Lady is now behind a pay-wall, you should still be able to view the article. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Japan's Lost Generation
Personally, I dislike the usage of "pressure cooker" applied to the Japanese school system. If forced to use sound bite imagery, I would prefer to think of the educational track in a Japan as a highway with too few off-ramps into adult life. Collectively, this marginalized population of Freeters and NEET are rapidly becoming Japan's new working class with no viable path to a mainstream middle class career. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at Japan's Lost Generation
Sorry to let this blog go inactive if anybody but dissertation service spammers read it. Again just a note to those folks- I personally approve comments so your link-spam will never make it to the front page of my blog. Go elsewhere. But it has made me realize I need to freshen this blog up. I'll do my best to do so. I currently live in Tokyo and I'm doing my PhD dissertation research so maybe I can talk about that process here. Cheers, M.D. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2011 at Japan's Lost Generation
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