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Pandemic, celebrity deaths likely trigger rise of suicides in Japan

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By Takaki Tominaga

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Hopefully that suicide forest gets heavily patrolled during the holiday period.

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Vague desire sounds like a typical Japanese response to not offend the other party questioning them especially if they are older then the suicide potential being.

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Unfortunately, This is an unstoppable and unresolvable issue in japan.

but, Maybe ,it can be reduced by some extent.

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The title of this story is a bit sensationalist but I guess that's to make one click it. Sad though.

And then there's this...

The following month, the center saw a spike in the number of people accessing its social media consultation service after the death of a popular actress Yuko Takeuchi in an apparent suicide, with daily queries jumping from around 200 to around 1,800 shortly after her death.

Not sure if the writer thought about the choice of word or not but using 'jumping' to describe a rise in a sentence about suicides is a poor choice.

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Everyone has their personal problems and demons but I never understood the desire to kill yourself. I’d rather be begging for food on the street than die. It’s so selfish and irresponsible. Maybe if the Japanese didn’t have such a taboo against mental illnesses, the numbers would be lower. Antidepressants actually do help.

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Being a nation that encourages, nay, expects conformity, will inevitably lead to copycat cases of suicide given the constant reporting of cases in the media. Stop this practice and cases will drop. It’s not brain science.

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Men and boys are far more likely to be victims of suicide than women or girls.

It's a ugly fact that society does not want to address.

It’s a very well known fact. Who do you imagine is covering it up? What’s the agenda?

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I would like to know whether increase of suicide in Japan during the pandemic is particular or not, comparing with the other countries. However, I read the following sentence in the article of CNN recently.

"Japan is one of the few major economies to disclose timely suicide data -- the most recent national data for the US, for example, is from 2018." 

Is this true ?

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The capitalist culture of money, mammon and materialism combined with the poverty of intellectual and spiritual resources can strip many of their mental self-defenses and render them bereft of the fortitude and grit to face the abyss of existence, like pandemics, which have never figured into the fake, fanciful picture of reality entertained by so many of us.

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Life goes on. take a shrinks chill pill and relax. No reason to be suicidal. I’m immune to that disease.

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Taking your own life because a celebrity who doesn’t give a crap about you dies speaks of something far more deeper

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Celebrity death? I think the term is correlation isn't causation.

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I owe my life many times over to the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Very helpful to gain perspective.

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@burning bush

Men and boys are far more likely to be victims of suicide than women or girls.

It's a ugly fact that society does not want to address.

Correct, Men have an infinately harder life in Japan than women. It's something that doesn't sit well with the feminism pushers on the left.

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Correct, Men have an infinately harder life in Japan than women. It's something that doesn't sit well with the feminism pushers on the left.

It was only a matter of time before someone decided to drag the conversation down to their familiar hyper-partisan level. Does making suicide a right / left issue help you deal with it?

Female suicides have risen sharply in the past six months as women have bore the brunt of Covid-related unemployment as well as a rise in domestic violence towards them. But please inform us why you think men have an 'infinately harder life in Japan than women'.

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Like people in many other countries, Japanese (notably the youth) have been prone to suicides when things become unsolvable and over-threatening in normal years. But 2020 was an extraordinary year, the negative impacts of the pandemic on human psychology have proven to be too severe and heavy for many people, thus compounding the suicidal effect.

Globally, an estimate 1.08 million people died of suicides this year, excluding the many unreported cases due to social stigma in a number of countries. This is a record number, and it appears to get worse in 2021. What a bitter pill to swallow for numerous families..

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@clippertyclop

I was replying to a comment by another poster. Not dragging anything anywhere.

Female suicides have risen sharply in the past six months as women have bore the brunt of Covid-related unemployment as well as a rise in domestic violence towards them. 

Seems you clearly have a horse in the race with this statement. Obviously you don't want to see facts regarding male suicide and want the see everything through the female victim goggles. Hence when my original reply was correct as you have proved. Also when you are conversing one to one with another person using 'us' to make it look like the forum is in some way related to you or your viewpoint looks quite silly, have the strength to standby your viewpoint alone.

That aside, any suicide is terrible and a waste of a life. Female or male and especially the youth with all their lives ahead.

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celebrity deaths likely trigger rise of suicides in Japan

Complete nonsens!

The trigger is the fear mongering and panic sheering people and media!

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@clippertyclop

https://www.statista.com/statistics/622705/japan-suicide-number-per-100-000-inhabitants-by-gender/#:~:text=Men%20in%20Japan%20are%20more,over%2014%20thousand%20in%202019.

Have a look at the facts, they are not 'partisan'.

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Being a nation that encourages, nay, expects conformity, will inevitably lead to copycat cases of suicide given the constant reporting of cases in the media.

An increase in suicide following widely reported celebrity suicides has been observed in a number of countries not known for expecting a high level of conformity.

Here is one example of this from Britain, a country known for its love of eccentricity.

https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/media-reports-of-celebrity-suicide-linked-to-increased-suicide-rates/

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There is a woman in her 60s who works at my company ( yes. My company, I am the owner ) and when that young Japanese actor ( forget his name ) commited suicide she got depressed and was even crying at work. She didn't know the guy, he wasn't a relative. I had to talk to her and told her she had to to get a grip on reality. Why? My father,not a total stranger, like this guy, died suddenly this year and I couldn't get back to the uk to attend his funeral. I went through stages of grief...shock and numbness then acceptance but I carried on working, doing my job as well as usual. Her cause shows how certain people , maybe those of a weaker mental mettle, can be affected by such incidents.

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There are a lot of fragile personalities walking around and there are a lot of unspoken worries.

Those two together can push people over the edge...

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Have a look at the facts, they are not 'partisan'.

Yet your binary interpretation of the facts are partisan since you claimed that 'Men have an infinately harder life in Japan than women.' So once again please tell 'us' how you reached this conclusion based on those facts.

Seems you clearly have a horse in the race with this statement.

What does that mean? Do you mean that I have empathy? Is that a bad thing?

Obviously you don't want to see facts regarding male suicide and want the see everything through the female victim goggles.

Again, your binary position has lead you to somehow conclude that should a person have concerns of female health then that must come at the expense of mens' health. And that therefore makes them 'left'. That is a conclusion that cannot be made from what I said.

That aside, any suicide is terrible and a waste of a life. Female or male and especially the youth with all their lives ahead.

Yet moments earlier you insult and deman people who show concern for that waste of life as, 'feminism pushers on the left' and people with 'female victim goggles.'

We have your words, and they betray you.

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Do I interpret the text right? They forced for many years men with sufficient salaries for the whole children-rich families out of the working business for also becoming part of it, then of course the average sank drastically for all workers and employees , male and female, and now these same women have finally to face their self-inforced problems of low incomes and double pressure at work and at home and commit suicide in a view of that stupid error on cost of all? Congrats from my heart, ladies.

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Yep about 70% of suicides in Japan are men. From 2018 it was 9.4 women & 22.9men per 100,000people.

It shouldn't be a competition obviously but good luck finding an article about male suicide, there just isnt many, most dont care about men only women, when we should care for EVERYONE

Just sayin.

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I do not believe so for a minute. It is what it is.

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I can understand the pandemic contributing to suicides... people lose their jobs, their incomes, get no support from the government, perhaps divorce, can't meet family, etc. But killing yourself because of a celebrity death? I thought the Japanese were all "stoic" and not lacking so much in self confidence that they'll jump in front of a train if a celebrity dies. Wow.

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