Japanese Suicides Reach Record Levels


In the first half of 2009 some 17,076 Japanese killed themselves, almost a 5% increase on the same period a year prior.

Should matters worsen any further, the all time record number of 34,427 deaths by suicide recorded in 2003 will be broken.

Unsurprisingly, the areas with most suicides were the major population centres, though some less populous areas did see notable increases; Okinawa saw a 51% jump in suicides.

The huge proportional increases are less impressive when it is realised that this only means an increase of 77 people in the case of Okinawa, whereas in central Tokyo alone 1,569 deaths were recorded in total.

An anti-suicide group concedes that whilst people kill themselves for many reasons, economic factors are clearly prominent, with a spike in self inflicted deaths in March and April when companies file their accounts.

Via Sankei.

Japan still has a long way to go if it is to reclaim the dubious honour of being the most suicidal nation on earth, at least in per capita terms; various nations of Eastern Europe record far higher levels, with Lithuania having a level approximately twice that of Japan.

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    Avatar of Teizen
    Comment by Teizen
    08:57 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In Japan failure is not an option

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 03/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    in Lithuania living is not an option.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's why i dont understand those Japanese wannabe... That's reality, living and working in japan, especially in the megalopole is very tough more if you are a single.. Personally I am a Jamaican wannabe..seafood, beach, sun, sex, smoke,(good smoke..XD)..GAANJAaA!..aaahh.. Peace Everynyaan..

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "megalopole": is that something they have inside strip clubs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol ? i meant megalopolis ... aaaahh..nice weeds duuude..

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    13:44 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's sad. i don't wanna go all homo here but i wish that some of them could see past whatever bullshit is driving them nuts to realize they live in a country with the most fappable 2D and the coolest fucking toys in the entire world... and THEN anhero. jk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow , they are very true and original to groundbreaking records ranging from free sex and rape country , to youth-flick suicide , w/c is always a trend in Japan.

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    Comment by SS
    13:36 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really they do it because committing suicide for them is like hitting the reset button on life. That's why they didn't hesitate to crash airplanes into US battle ships. This is going to screw them over more with their population crisis.

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    Comment by ajnac
    14:04 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh well... :/

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    Comment by GFC
    14:59 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great.. I'm from lithuania.. What, should i just go and jump off of the bridge or smth?

    Comment by Hyo
    15:13 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you do, loudly proclaim that you're going to kill yourself, cause if by any chance the officials think that it was the fault of the old bridge constructions, it will be closed for at least a year and that would mean traffic jams. I don't want to be stuck in fucking traffic, so rather just slit your wrists or something.

    Comment by The_TRUE_God
    16:12 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So sad, but perfectly understandable. If you don't, is cause you're a BIG IGNORANT !

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WHY! Why did they ban rapelay, look at the consequences.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The _absolute_ suicide increases/decreases are meaningless.

    What is the _per-capita_ increase/decrease in suicides in Japan and in Okinawa?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Weeaboos should follow suit.

    Comment by Anon
    11:25 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm massive spike after a Loli ban scare and rape ban. am I the only one who sees this?

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    Comment by Sabre|X
    11:07 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They must've watched Zetsobo Sensei or NHK and decided, "eh, what the fuck", and just hung themselves

    Comment by Zacharov
    16:06 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually watched Zetsubou Sensei and decided that committing suicide over such trivial matters is hillariously ridiculous.

    And then I decided that the concept of 'suicide' itself is ridiculous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:51 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You needed the help of ZS to realize that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except both shows inspire the opposite effect.

    It's more like they watched Endless Eight and offed themselves in an attempt to stop the time loop.

    Comment by taz0x
    11:19 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    is it wrong that when i looked at the article it made me smile?

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    Comment by lovehate
    12:58 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honesty is the best policy after all

    Comment by iz
    02:20 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It depends on what you were thinking at that moment.

    But..I suggest you slap yourself.So you could sober up,and see for yourself what you were really reading.

    Comment by Unanonymous
    12:01 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's see,

    Eroge banned, 2500
    Endless Eight, 5000
    Got no more money to buy figures and else, the rest

    Comment by Riiku
    17:06 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's the sign of civilization's fall.

    Anyway, Japan is the most emo contry, so no wonder

    Comment by BoLo
    12:11 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It a conspiracy by the Japanese Government to reduce the number of NEETS by getting salaryman to commit suicide due to overworking them thus increasing the availability of jobs.

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    Comment by shinaykahn
    07:02 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what is life?

    an excuse for death...

    Comment by Metalbunny
    01:30 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    SEA NAtions are always suffering but some prefer suffering than death..

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The heart of Akuro has fallen!

    Comment by Jago
    12:34 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here's a rather rude comment,.... " If they kill themselves we don't have to bomb them again" or " We don't have to bomb them again,..they just kill themselves anyway "

    Avatar of BloodThirstyNogitsune
    20:59 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this sooooo reminds me of the gerbils from joecartoon.com's 'live and let dive' except more disturbing... and not cartooned... man this topic is getting depressing when you think about. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 17/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The monetary system is the cause of most of our problems yet many people are too conditioned to comprehend a world without money and thus are unable to solve any major problems without adding money into the equation so are problems remain. The monetary system is outdated and has outgrown its usefulness. It now only serves as a means of control for those in power and a barrier which halts our advancement.

    This is the best solution to our problems:


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    Comment by Akira Hotate
    07:38 23/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hi. I guess this is my first post. Hello everyone :) It attracted my attention, because my country was mentioned here. Yes Its Lithuania. And yes. Life here sux so much, that even myself was thinking of jumping of a bridge a couple of times . But the statistics is a little bit wrong. Since our population is barely 3 300 000 . Million. So if during a year 30 people commit suicide it is 0.0001% of our entire population. So thats why the number is so high. Thats why Lithuania is one of first with suicide rates. If in Tokyo alone 1,569 deaths were recorded. Imagen that number being 0.5 % of our entire population. All in all suicide cases are relatively rare. And if it happens. It is almost always on the national NEWS.

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    Comment by Zeta986
    16:13 15/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    because we are in despair!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:31 16/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Payback for the unacknowledged japanese atrocities of WW II. Funny how karma works :-).

    Comment by shalala
    06:25 01/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well at least the otaku should be safe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 02/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    japanese would extinct in population implotion

    Comment by Jago
    06:15 05/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Suicide is for Quiters. Confront your Troubles. Don't pick the easy way out. For a country who worship pride and honor, there sure are alot of quiters!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Foreigners. Must be caused by foreigners. Stronger laws to control those foreign criminals, I say!

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    Comment by Miroku74
    05:32 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sarcasm Launch Detected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Eamon
    18:14 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what age group is this? recession a reason?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese are sick anyway !

    Comment by zeeohsix
    18:01 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    how many via hydrogen sulfide
    are they still doing that
    it was almost 2 a day when i read the news at the time

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder? How many lives has anime saved? I read in the New York Time article on 2D waifus that a guy was going to be an hero but found his waifu just in time and chose to live.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is Akumetsu?

    Comment by Ruwi
    17:17 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese ppl hu commits this kind of acts r either rape victims or juz ppl hu fail @ life XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no loli no life!

    Comment by brotch
    22:50 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why they are so much to commit suicide :


    Comment by Yukio Mishima
    23:32 30/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And yet by killing yourself, you kill all in the world, for then they will no longer exist to you.

    To Artefact: I really like this picture. Source? Thanks.

    Comment by Mikutan
    00:09 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    its either someone already owns a deathnote or battle royale has started

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 31/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That or the Heart of Akuro has fallen!

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