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06/17/2005 01:25 PM ID: 48688 Permalink   

Japan Tops 30,000 Suicides for Seventh Straight Year

 

According to the totals from 2004 there were 32,325 suicides. 2,102, or 6.1 percent less than 2003. That was the year Japan reached an all-time high of 34,427 suicides according to the National Police Agency.

Health problems was the most common reason of suicide in 2004 with 14,786, or 45.7 percent of the victims. The next was financial difficulties, with 7,947, or 24.6 percent. Family troubles came next with 2,992, or 9.3 percent of the victims.

Those who committed suicide with others they met through the Internet increased from 34 in 2003 to 55 in 2004. Most of the people committing suicide were unemployed (47.8%). Males accounted for 70% of suicides with 23,272 victims.

 
  Source: www.japantimes.co.jp  
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  8 Comments
  
  I don't blame them.  
 
Extremely long work hours with little pay and very little time to see their family.
 
  by: hamstertube   06/17/2005 11:56 PM     
  Nah its the dang government....  
 
Saying smoking is good for ya and helps your health....Weed is the only drug good for ya.
 
  by: bugmenot   06/18/2005 03:51 PM     
  overcrowded island  
 
too many people... too little space... lemming sindrome.
 
  by: macariov   06/19/2005 03:20 AM     
  it's that damn DDR  
 
drives them insane.
 
  by: hotrock11     06/19/2005 03:50 AM     
  US & Chinese suicides  
 
The suicide rate for young men in the US is now the highest in the world, even surpassing rates in Japan and Sweden, countries long known for a high rate of suicide. Males are four to five times more likely to commit suicide than females.

China has probably the highest suicide rate in the world and is also the only country in the world where suicide is more common among women than men, particulary in rural settings. Scientists agree that it's because of the abscence of stigma. In Chinese litterature it's often portrayed as a reasonable solution to problems.
 
  by: aljo4025   06/19/2005 11:51 AM     
  yeah sort of...  
 
actually according to the world health org. Lithuania has the highest suicide rate among men and Sri Lanka among Women.

China does account for roughly 40% of the worlds suicides however they also account for 20% of the worlds population.
 
  by: Oook!   06/19/2005 01:47 PM     
  hardest working country not surprising  
 
the Japanese are always hard at work and get little pay and on top of that, they are always in competition
 
  by: jmz   06/19/2005 08:01 PM     
  Doeas anyone know  
 
what the rate of suicide for the US, China, and Japan are? Not the total number of dead but the percentage of people who commit suicide?
 
  by: jaded fox     06/28/2005 05:34 AM     
 
 
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