According to the World Health Organization the suicide rate in Japan was 12.5 per 100000 people in 2010. This is higher than the suicide rate in many other countries but it is still lower than the global average.
There are a number of possible explanations for the high suicide rate in Japan. One theory is that the high rate is due to the country’s high amount of stress and pressure. Japanese culture is very competitive and achievement-oriented which can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety. Additionally the country has a high level of economic inequality which can also contribute to stress and suicide.
Another explanation for the high suicide rate in Japan is the country’s history and tradition. samurai warriors were required to commit suicide (seppuku) if they dishonored themselves and this tradition has carried over into modern times. Additionally suicides were often seen as a way to escape from shame or humiliation.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide please get help. There are a number of resources available such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States (1-800-273-8255) and the Samaritans in the United Kingdom (116 123).
What is the suicide rate in Japan?
According to the World Health Organization the suicide rate in Japan was 24.
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