We will use case studies to illustrate the hikikomori phenomenon, exploring the mental states and relation to cultural
and social background. Then, we will look at current practices in the field, giving examples of intervention efforts by
Christians and non-Christians, in terms of their efficacy and sustainability to help the participants. We will challenge
and examine these interventions in relation to the Gospel.
Yong, Roseline is the coordinator for Heart4Japan, and lives in Japan. Her areas of interest span across
social epidemiology and culture as well as relationship between Japanese and Chinese. She works on the issues
of hikikomori and suicide prevention, and seeks ways to bridge the gap between local community and churches in