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Suicide rate falls by a third globally: data

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Isn't this just a statistical anomaly? If the suicidal people all commited suicide, then statistically there would less suicidal people around, resulting in fewer suicides.

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I've known far too many people who left this planet way before their time. I hope the suicide rate continues to fall.

That said, if it comes down to terminal illness, I'll be making the proper arrangements.

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Hmmm...articles here on JT have stated numerous times over the past few years that suicide rates in Japan have been falling to record lows, yet according to the chart above here there has been an increase of over 10% overall during the period as well.

So do we believe the statistics of the NPA, National Police Agency, or this?

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And yet there is a media frenzy in a number of countries about how social media promotes self harm and suicide in teens.

Maybe like climate change, weather isn't climate.  so here, isolated incidents don't reflect the trend.

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Hmmm...articles here on JT have stated numerous times over the past few years that suicide rates in Japan have been falling to record lows, yet according to the chart above here there has been an increase of over 10% overall during the period as well.

So do we believe the statistics of the NPA, National Police Agency, or this?

There is no inconsistency between the NPA statistics and this article. The article does not state that suicides in Japan have increased; Japan isn't even mentioned.

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There is no inconsistency between the NPA statistics and this article. The article does not state that suicides in Japan have increased; Japan isn't even mentioned.

Did I state anything about the article?

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articles here on JT have stated numerous times over the past few years that suicide rates in Japan have been falling to record lows

I don’t believe you are correct on this. That is not what the articles have stated.

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I don’t believe you are correct on this. That is not what the articles have stated.

Just a couple weeks ago.

Suicides in Japan down for 9th straight year to 37-year low in 2018 ...

Jan 18, 2019 ... The number of suicides in Japan dropped 3.4 percent from a year ... The suicide rates are still high I know, but let's not forget that the act of ... READ

https://japantoday.com/category/national/suicides-in-japan-down-for-9th-straight-year-to-37-yr-low-in-2018

FYI, just a few weeks ago, and 9 years in a row the numbers were dropping so how can there be an overall increase from 1990 to 2016?

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Sadly enough in my country of birth this trend is going the opposite direction for a certain demographic. The article below is from May 2013 but the condition has continued to get worse at the same or a faster rate.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201305/white-middle-age-suicide-in-america-skyrockets

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Yubaru - those articles are not claiming ‘record lows’.

And to go back to your original question, suicides have dropped significantly over the past decade, after they climbed for over a decade previous. Look at the dates on that chart.

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@Yubaru,

That 37-year low headline seems quite wrong when looking at the chart at the link below (the article content is no longer there). Perhaps they meant it is now lower than the rate of 37 years ago. But since then it dropped considerably and then rose again. The lowest point appears to have been in the mid 1990s. (I can't say how accurate the chart at the link is.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_in_Japan

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articles here on JT have stated numerous times over the past few years that suicide rates in Japan have been falling to record lows, yet according to the chart above here there has been an increase of over 10% overall during the period as well.

The chart compares 2016 with 1990. Thats a long stretch of time. Suicide rates have been falling in recent years in Japan, and most articles on this are referring to 2017 or even 2018, and comparing rates with the previous few years, not with anything so far back as 1990.

Also worth remembering that 1990 was just about the end of the bubble economy. The economy started going downhill right about then, which may have had some influence on the number of suicides.

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Did I state anything about the article?

No, you did not. You referenced the graph.

I stand corrected and appreciate being called out.

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