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Chiba police officer found dead in apparent suicide

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A 29-year-old Chiba prefectural police officer apparently committed suicide on Tuesday by shooting himself with his own handgun.

Yasushi Yamada, who worked at Funabashi police station, was found dead at a vacant house at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. He was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head and his handgun was still in his right hand, police said.

According to police, Yamada disappeared while he was on duty with another officer at a nearby koban on Monday night.

A Funabashi police spokesman said there was nothing unusual about Yamada's work behavior and that he left no suicide note.

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People are already stressed out enough just working office jobs here with all the pressures. Now imagine working as a cop. You see practically nothing but the seediest aspects of life. Kind of like reading the crime articles on Japan Today, only you're actually involved. Mental health care is severely lacking and even when it's available people are too reluctant to seek it out. Sometimes you're not even sure how deeply depressed you truly are.

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Policing is a thankless task. Long hours, poor pay, high levels of stress and often interactions with people at their worst. It is also very difficult to convey to others what the job means - normal folk just don't understand. Incidents like this are very sad. Unfortunately, however, they are hardly surprising.

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another one??

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Apparent suicide. Ok... Although I do hope the Chiba Police Department investigates this. What if some organized crime group abducted him and made it look like a suicide.

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we don't need gun armed police in Japan, Tasers & sticks are enough.

Has there been a problem with police misusing the guns on civilians?

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@keika1628OCT. 28, 2015 - 07:34PM JST we don't need gun armed police in Japan, Tasers & sticks are enough.

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I agree with you.

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Rest in peace Yamada San

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we don't need gun armed police in Japan, Tasers & sticks are enough.

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Clamenza is right. Once suicidal people have made the decision to end their lives, they are often happy or relieved since they believe all their problems are over.

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Because there was nothing unusual does this mean that all police are suicidal?

It means he showed no signs of anxiety or depression. Its quite normal of many who have made the decision to take their lives.

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A Funabashi police spokesman said there was nothing unusual about Yamada’s work behavior and that he left no suicide note.

Because there was nothing unusual does this mean that all police are suicidal?

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"Yamada disappeared while... on duty with another officer"

Hmmmmm...

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