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Gonzo asked in TravelAsia PacificJapan · 1 month ago

Why is suicide so prevalent in Japan?

Does samurai practices of seppuku have something to do with it?

6 Answers

  • Sandy
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    1 month ago
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    they do it to keep from embarrassing their families and themselves. they aren't very tolerant when they make mistakes. they don't believe in 2nd chances. saving face and maintaining your reputation is everything. the only way to be forgiven is to kill yourself. very harsh code. you should watch the movie 47 Ronin.

    • Gonzo
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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In any case, the suicide rate between Japan and USA is not so different.

    Suicide rates per 100,000 persons (2019)

    1. Korea 24.6

    2. Lithuania 24.4

    3. Latvia 18.1

    4. Slovenia 18.1

    5. Belgium 15.9

    6. Japan 15.2

    7. Hungary 15.1

    8. Finland 13.9

    9. United States 13.9

    10. France 13.1

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  • 1 month ago

    I am a chinese.  I think suicide is kind of  mental desease, it' wrong, people should live as long as the body permits, any society can get this mental desease to their people,not only japan, the distinction is only  between the levels.

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  • 1 month ago

    There are worse countries in the world for suicide rates of course, but in Japan a lot of it has to do with shame. There was a huge uptick in the suicide rate from the mid-90's and the dust settled from its wild speculative bubble bursting, and a lot of people - even those with supposedly safe jobs - were suddenly without a means to support themselves or family.

    Some of it is also out of sheer exhaustion and over work. In school some students have done it because they had family issues, or other stress and felt there was no way out.


    In the future, it will increasingly be due to a massive number of elderly, with no way to take care of themselves. Japan is bleeding money like crazy on geriatric medicine, with fewer babies (and future taxpayers) to pay for it all. It's either raise taxes dramatically and drive Japan into an endless recession, or cut social welfare spending on those who will need it the most.


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  • T
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    1 month ago

    The answerer below pretty much sums everything up.  One thing I'd like to add is that the biggest reason the Japanese commit suicide is to escape from the excruciating pains they suffer from diseases, according to a media report. Suicide is a sin according to Christianity but there's no Buddhist teaching forbidding suicide as far as I know. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that euthanasia is not legalized in Japan. 

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  • 1 month ago

    They call it suicide but most are THROWN out of windows

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