Suicide In Japan

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When you call a suicide hotline in Japan, you may have to dial that number 30 or 40 times, because the lines are so busy. Suicide in Japan poses a major social issue affecting the whole world. It has one of the highest suicide rates due to unemployment, a cultural “acceptance” of suicide, and failed government attempts to make a change. At least 30,000 Japanese have killed themselves every year for the last fourteen years. These rates are significantly higher than those of other industrial countries. They normally are around 24 suicides per every 100,000 people, making it roughly double the rate in the United States, and three times that in the United Kingdom. (Traphagan). Most suicides are typically men; 71% of suicide victims in 2007 were male. In 2009, the number of suicides among men rose 641 to 23,47. Suicide was the leading cause of death among men age 20-44. Males are two times more likely to commit suicide after divorce then a female is, but nevertheless, suicide is still the leading cause of death for women age 15-34 in Japan, keeping in mind that mortality from diseases is very low at that age. (Wikepedia). The most frequent location for suicides is in Aokigahara, a forested area at the base of Mount Fuji. In the period leading up to 1998, approximately 30 suicides occurred in this spot every year. In 1999, 74 occurred, counting as the record until 2002 when 78 suicides were found. Police looking for suicide patrol the area, and that same year 83 people intending suicide were found and taken into protective custody. Another common place for suicide is railroad tracks, the Chuo Rapid Line in particular. (Wikepedia). The high suicide rates have concerned the Japanese government. In 2007, the government released a nine-ste... ... middle of paper ... ...mpletely. They do not explain teenage and elderly suicides or address other aspects of Japanese society that may influence suicidal behavior. The economical problem may not be just directed toward unemployment, but also the types of jobs that are available and the fact that lots of jobs are irregular or temporary. (Traphagan). Japanese suicide continues to gain interest and concern throughout the world. More and more people are searching for answers. Suicide preventionists are trying to solve the financial problems by looking to allow Japan’s people second chances within jobs, diminish the idea that suicide can be honorable which came from Seppuku, and make an effort to follow the White Paper. It is important to understand that in Japan, as in every other society, cultural factors greatly intersect with more universal factors and can push someone over their limit.

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