Otaku in Western and Japanese culture. The introductory section should specify the key issues and questions that arise from your particular project. One way to distill the key issues is to try to state what the project is about without including any of the specifics of project. For example, in order to get at the key issues related to hikikomori, try to describe what it is without mentioning hikikomori or Japan. By doing so, you go some way towards making the specificity of your project relevant to broader questions. This will help you answer the so what question. While a topic may have intrinsic interest to you, a review committee will want to know its broader significance.