Chujo, 24, has been a hikikomori for two years. He dreams of being a singer, but his family want him to work in business. After working in one company for two years, and experiencing too much stress, Chujo decided to lock himself in his room. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has defined a hikikomori as a person who does not participate in society (particularly school or work) and has no desire to do so. A hikikomori is also someone who doesn’t have any close, non-familial relationships. These withdrawal symptoms must last for at least six months, and the social withdrawal itself must not be a symptom of a pathological problem.