Japan’s Uphill Struggle to Curb High Suicide Rates

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  • 2015•06•21     Kuala Lumpur     The Star Online

    An excerpt from the article by Loshana K. Shagar:

    United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU IIGH) research fellow Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi said 1998 was the turning point for Japan’s social acceptance of suicide.

    “What separated us from most other countries battling suicide rates was that the demographic most at risk was the middle-aged group (30 to 49 years old), which is the age of production.

    “They normally commit suicide because of economic factors but now that the economy has vastly improved, the number of cases has also dropped dramatically,” he said.