All of you making fun of the situation or calling these people selfish have no idea what depression that drives people this way is really like and just reveal that you are someone who cannot be trusted to confide in. Most people who are looking for a way out are doing so because they feel that is the best thing, not for themselves, but for those around them. The often feel that their life doesn't matter, nothing will get better for them, and that by dying, they are doing a service to everyone they feel like they are bothering. For those of you belittling Japan specifically for this, it is not something that is limited to this country alone, but is a world-wide issue but many countries keep this under wraps, or at the very least don't actively cover it because it is an "embarrassment" despite the need to make it publicly known so that those who need help know where they can get it, and those who belittle can learn to keep their mouths shut. As for prevention methods, there are often very obvious signs, but most people ignore them, usually because they don't understand that suddenly becoming more cheerful or very generous, or contacting people they don't normally talk to are signs that they will act soon. If you really don't want this to happen more often, do some research so you know how to help, or even just tell those around you how much they mean to you and how glad you are to have them in your life.
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