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Suicides in Japan hit record low in 2019; down for 10th year in row


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Great news. I remember when it was 30,000/yr.

I wonder why countryside prefectures like Yamanashi, Akita and Iwate have the highest rates? Depressed farmers?

May the downward trend in suicide rates continue.

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I am glad to read this. I guess demographics play a big part, but certainly I wonder what Tottori is doing right? In Tokyo you will see train delays almost every day from a jinshin jiko which I presume is a suicide.

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"In Tokyo you will see train delays almost every day from a jinshin jiko which I presume is a suicide."

"almost everyday" --- fake

Good news for Japanese --- a few comments

Bad news for Japanese --- many comments

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Man,the headlines sugarcoat everything.

The rte is still deplorable.

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The rate

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Still #2 in the world?

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I was in Tokyo from Jan 3rd to 7th.Every day had someone jumping onto a track halting trains.It was crazy.

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There is only one response to this, good.

Having said that it can always improve.

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Countryside prefectures have higher rates because they also have higher rates of old people. The over 60’s are the most likely to top themselves.

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I wonder on the demographic, did the number for children, teens, decline or increase?

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Yes sadly Child suicide is up:

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Excellent news. Most suicides are middle aged men, so the upbeat economy, booming stockmarket, and record low unemployment rate surely is the primary reason for this welcome drop in the figure.

To be honest though, even 1 suicide is too many. Lets keep improving.

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If society is serious about lowering the rates then more data is required about the reasons why? What happens after someone perishes by suicide? Does anyone care to check the possible reasons after or are they forgotten. Ages etc, as nedotjp mentioned.

I went to the supermarket New Year's evening and New Year's day in the countryside and found many single elderly people looking to purchase some New year food at a discount. I image there are many lonely elderly people in Japan. At least my smile and voice made us both happy on NewYear's.

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Still #2 in the world?

Japan could reduce suicides to a few dozen a year, and commenters on this site will still be saying it's an awful place with the world's highest suicide rate. Some people cherish negativity.

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Although I think people have the right to end their life if they want, reducing suicide is a cause I would definitely join.

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Good news for Japan. I hope things continue to improve

Lithuania and Russia are at the top.

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sadly, the labor union and labor bureau are in part responsible of the horror.

no help can be received from public authorities.

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Still too high.

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Two of my ex-wife's friends killed themselves in the mid-2000's leaving their young kids without a mother. It's all well and good to create consultation services and run campaigns against suicide, but they really need to address why so many people are killing themselves.

It is suspicious that the demographic breakdown only includes men and women. There is no mention of under twenties. Last year Japan still had the world's highest youth suicide rate. My guess is, due to the lack of information, this statistic has not changed.

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Last year Japan still had the world's highest youth suicide rate.

No it didn't.

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I imagine a lot of the reason for the decline is tied to the reason it went up so high in the 90s in the first place. During that decade you had massive numbers of bankruptcies, both business and personal, as part of the fallout from the bursting of the asset bubbles in the early 90s. So you had a lot of people going from massive success during the bubble to failure, way more than usual, which probably drove more to suicide. You also had a kind of double whammy effect since it wasn’t just people losing jobs, but also never getting one in the first place - people who graduated in the 90s entered a job market that just didn’t have jobs for them which also added to the problem.

Basically the 80s bubble raised everyone’s expectations, then the 90s crash destroyed them.

The economy isn’t great today, but its been stable for long enough that the sort of dislocation of the 90s isn’t screwing with people like that anymore, so its not surprising that suicides are down. Hope it stays that way.

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Good post. My Japanese coworker believes that the younger generation have lowered their sights to achievable mediocrity. The stress is loosening.

I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing.

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