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Japanese actor Haruma Miura, 30, dies in suspected suicide

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Very sad!

とても悲しいです。これからなのに、RIP

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Just 30. Life ahead of him. RIP. Don't judge please. It's painful enough.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

that sucks. poor guy died alone and feeling unloved.

condolences to his loved ones. Not holding my breath for J celebrities to make a PSA about depression.

RIP Haruma.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

After the spate of suicides of young Korean artists this year and last, owing to the pressures of the media industry as well as online bullying, I wonder if either of these things played a part in this young man’s untimely end.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Poor man. The country - as should all countries - urgently needs to deal with mental ill-health in men, in practical ways.

There are of course places to seek help and counselling, but the shrill voices who shriek of men being 'real men', 'manning up', and other outdated sexist nonsense, really hold men back from seeking help, even when they know they need it.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

it is very sad. he was young and successful.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Wow. No matter what, keep happy in you head people.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Is the "CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC -2020 LOCKDOWN" responsible for a spate of suicides among young actors across the Globe. In my country India it was shocking to see young actors and actresses commit suicide, people whom average citizens consider demi-gods and star quality with tons of money. Haruma..Miura definitely seems to have achieved stardom in Japanese society as also wealth and hence this suicide at the young age of 30 years is baffling.R.I.P Haruma.Miura.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

we apologize for the worry and the inconvenience caused

Typical response

-7 ( +10 / -17 )

Men - especially younger men in their teens through fifties are far more likely to die by suicide than women or older people. Success in life doesn't prevent mental illnesses such as depression - which *is a serious illness, and not something you can talk yourself out of.

If you have signs of depression, and thoughts of self-harm, please ask for and seek help. There are treatments which can help you get out of the void.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/17/national/suicides-japan-record-low-20000/

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Blame the pressure cooker society he grew up in, which has elevated into an art form pretending to be well adjusted and comfortable in the face of psychic torture that’s all around, a dissembling which conflicted with and ran counter to his innate desire to be free of the gilded cage of fame and fortune.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

That is so sad. Why are so many people in the entertainment business committing suicide. One small reason could be that most yearn for the limelight, for fame, for wealth and come to realize all that is shallow.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

When your life revolves around your public persona and that persona takes a hit on social media, I imagine it can put your whole raison d’être into disarray.

I think that is why do many celebrities are killing themselves.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

In my many years in Japan, this has to be the biggest shock among celebrity suicides in Japan, I understand Yutaka Ozaki and hide of X-Japan were also big before I came but supposedly both may have been drug-related. Miura was an A-list actor and has been in a ton of movies, tv dramas and stage performances over the past 10-15 years. I agree it has to take someone like this before mental illness is taken seriously in Japan. People keep avoiding the topic like Hikaru Utada who focuses on issues not related to her than the death of her own mother by suicide. Rest in Peace Haruma!

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Loved his singing! He was fantastic in Kinki Boots. Take a look on YouTube.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

you're not supposed to use the verb "commit" with suicide. makes it sound like a crime. some people kill themselves due to deep, inescapable depression. insensitive to imply that they're guilty of wrongdoing.

-13 ( +2 / -15 )

Miura lived his own life. There was a note. Contents unknown. Speculative musings using representative and anecdotal cites are not specific or particular. That a celebrity or media figure, certainly an actor or singer is headily diagnosed by strangers who have absolutely no insight into an individual who is essentially unknown to them except thru a public face is extremely queer. It is sad to know he died young and condolences are due his family and loved ones. What is due the dead, is respect and to honor their life. There are, of course, exceptions. This is not one.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Not again.

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Why would someone downvote my complement to Miura?

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Living in Japan is one big straight jacket .Many young Japanese are depressed due to the kind of society they have.The word commit suicide is a correct grammar

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

He was a genuinely multi-talented guy. Sorry and shocked to hear of this.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Maria Today 09:36 am JST

> Men - especially younger men in their teens through fifties are far more likely to die by suicide than women or older people. Success in life doesn't prevent mental illnesses such as depression - which *is a serious illness, and not something you can talk yourself out of.

> If you have signs of depression, and thoughts of self-harm, please ask for and seek help. There are treatments which can help you get out of the void.

The problem is that everytime men do try to ask for and seek help, today's misandrist society tells them to "Man up!" or "stop whining" or "take it like a man". Their cries for help are either dismissed or they are told that somehow women have it worse and therefore men's feelings are irrelevant. They are told this repeatedly.

That's when you have cases like Haruma Miura.

RIP.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Living in Japan is one big straight jacket .Many young Japanese are depressed due to the kind of society they have.The word commit suicide is a correct grammar.

The unfortunate part is that the greatest at risk of their own culture.. Are the Japanese themselves. Extremely sad that it's only more likely to get worse. In an effort to control situations, guilt, shamming as well as additional rules have not improved Japan's performance in any outcome.

The ability to communicate and problem solve together is a lost art in Japanese culture.

Very sad indeed!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Blame the pressure cooker society he grew up in, which has elevated into an art form pretending to be well adjusted and comfortable in the face of psychic torture that’s all around, a dissembling which conflicted with and ran counter to his innate desire to be free of the gilded cage of fame and fortune.

The biggest deception in Japanese fame is the monetary success typically associated with fame. Japan has turned into a very consumer marketing oriented society...There is very little money that goes towards artists in Japan, and management companies spend their budget in creating the fame.

It's all pretend fame.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Very sad news. I enjoyed the show Bloody Monday in which he had a lead role.

Thirty years old is so young.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

People are under pressure everyday, they do not resort to suicide,

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

People are under pressure everyday, they do not resort to suicide,

What? People do resort to suicide every day.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Blaming the high rate of depression and suicide in men on misandry, is ignorant.

Men are taught, from infancy, to be strong, not cry, be brave, grow a pair, have the balls, toughen up, be a real man. Expressing emotion is seen as a weakness, and weakness is seen as feminine - Don't be a girl, stop being a pussy, what are you, whipped, STOP CRYING you baby!

The only 'correct' responses to pain and suffering for boys and men are stoic silence, and aggression.

That is an awful way to live, and it is entirely the fault of a patriarchal society. It is wrong, and I hope it will change, because it is killing men, as well as women.

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I'm entirely with you, Maria. I pride myself in having (at least partially) grown out of that unhealthy mentality. There is no shame in seeking help. You'll feel better, I promise.

There is no shame in saying "No, I'm not ok."

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Is it really necessary to mention he died by suicide?

It seems insensitive to him, his family and a great risk of copycat suicides.

In NZ suicides are not reported to the public for these reasons.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

In NZ suicides are not reported to the public for these reasons.

Id prefer less “Big Brother knows best” from the Nanny state.

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