Japan hikikomori job aid

According to the Japan Times, The Labor Ministry is extending job help to hikikomori, specifically older adults:

The government has decided to expand the scope of its job support program for socially withdrawn people, which is limited to those 39 or younger, to include people in their early 40s.

Many people aged 40 to 44 have been living as hikikomori (recluses) who shut themselves in at home, or NEETs, an acronym for “not in education, employment or training,” because of the hardships they suffered during Japan’s “employment ice age,” the officials said.

URL: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/18/national/labor-ministry-extend-job-program-social-recluses-neets-early-40s/#.WjAkNktrzeQ

Agafya update

Familiar to these blog pages is the Siberian hermit Agafya Lykova, now 73, a life-long hermit and last of her familiar of Old Believers, who fled to Siberia in 1936. Several media sources now report that the regional Russian governor has banned helicopter flights of food, supplies, and potential evacuation for medical treatment for Agafya in an effort to force her to return to civilization.

HTML: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/russias-bid-force-hermit-living-11536159; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5092301/Remarkable-hermit-forced-live-civilisation.html; http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/governor-seeks-to-force-worlds-most-famous-hermit-to-abandon-taiga-home-100-km-from-civilisation/

Amos Wilson, Pennsylvania hermit

The article “The Pennsylvania Hermit: The Woeful Tale of a Grieving Brother’s Broken-hearted Hermitage,” in Ancient Origins, retells the story of Amos Wilson, who abandoned society in 19th-century Pennsylvania upon the execution of his sister for alleged murder of her infant out of wedlock. Wilson had gained the state governor’s pardon for her but arrived too late to save her. Both brother and sister are said to haunt the grounds where they resided.

See an early blog entry on Wison’s reported essay, Sweets of Solitude, here: http://hermitary.com/around/?p=18

URL: http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-famous-people/pennsylvania-hermit-woeful-tale-grieving-brother-s-broken-hearted-hermitage-021711?nopaging=1

Disappointing hermits

Guardian article with a twist on the idea of hermits as wise sages. Titled “This reclusive life: what I learned about solitude from my time with hermits.” Byline: “When the chaos of the big city began to drag, Paul Willis wondered if solitude might be the answer. Would his encounters with hermits yield what he wanted?”

The author is disillusioned with visits to two hermits in Arizona and New Mexico respectively. He concludes:

Among the Apophthegmata is a saying by an unknown hermit: “It is better to live among the crowd and keep a solitary life in your spirit than to live alone with your heart in the crowd.”

In other words, if you go into solitude to get away from something, your troubles will probably follow you.

URL: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/06/hermits-solitude-wilderness-new-mexico