Japanese Suicides Plunge 9%


Japan’s total suicides in 2012 dropped below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, according to official statistics – dropping by some 9%.

According to police suicide statistics, in 2012 a mere 27,7766 Japanese decided to kill themselves, down 2,885 (9.4%) on the previous year, and the first time in 15 years that the number has dropped below 30,000.

From 1978 to 1997 the annual toll hovered around 25,000, but in 1998 it rose above 30,000 for the first time (in the recorded post-war period at least), and had appeared to show no signs of dropping.

The breakdown by gender in 2012 was 19,216 men (down 1,739) and 8,550 women (down 1,146) – it is also the first time in 15 years that less than 20,000 men have killed themselves.

Japan’s population has been dropping slightly in  recent years, but by nowhere near 9.4%, suggesting more complex causes are involved – although certain doubts also linger about the ability of Japan’s police to come to an accurate count in the first place, particularly when it comes to dealing with murders and disappearances.

Unsurprisingly, it was the areas with the highest populations which saw the most suicides – Tokyo (2,760), followed by Osaka (1,720) and Kanagawa (1,624).

The dreadful distinction of being the most suicidal place in Japan goes to Yamanashi prefecture, which with a rate of 32.4 suicides per 100,000 has had the worst suicide rate of any prefecture in Japan for the past 6 years (in contrast, the least suicidal prefecture was Kyoto, closely followed by Kanagawa).

Although not an especially dismal location even by the standards of rural backwaters, Yamanashi prefecture also includes the “Sea of Trees” (or Aokigahara), an especially dense and notoriously silent forest at the foot of Mount Fuji which has the ghastly distinction of being Tokyo’s preferred suicide spot (at least if the capital’s trains are not counted as one location).

The prefecture is desperately trying to expunge the reputation, even going so far as to ban movies and TV shows from using Aokigahara as a location for suicides.


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    Avatar of cats2
    Comment by cats2
    17:29 19/01/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "According to police"

    Suddenly I don't believe a word..

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 19/01/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    What they don't say is that unsolved missing persons cases have increased by more than 3,000 in 2012...

    Comment by Dark Mage
    23:30 19/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The Yakuza must has be been taking lessons from the Italians on how to make their victims bodies disappear vs going through the trouble of making murders look like a suicide or paying off the police.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    04:59 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I prefer that contraption from Shooter that makes you shoot yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 22/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look out guys, we got ourselves a badass here. Fucking faggot. ='D

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    Comment by Conduit
    06:28 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    was anon 19:34, stupid site logging me out.

    No need to blame mafia for Japan's suicide rate, they come about the natural way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @07:37 Your disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why reports? Why!? Why is the suicide rate of these disgusting slant eyed vermin down ? Come on world, if we all hold hands and pray hard enough we can bump that suicide rate right back up over the limit again to upwards of 12/15% increase ? Sorry to sound so harsh, but the world needs rid of people who are not prepared to contribute to our societies. Depressed people NEED to off themselves, as they are a financial and social burden ! If you can't deal with life, please GTFO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 22/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Japanese reports or records are as trustful as a China made product sold in China.

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    02:59 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Less suicides...More missing people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They should have made pole on top ten suicide methods. At least beginner can use it as a reference so that they don't screwed up too much for the first try.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    u mean, poll..

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    We could argue about the poll resultes as well endlessly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    hanging is number one, in japan. because it is considered the quickest & least painful, way to die. without a firearm, that is. dying from overdosing, smoke inhalation & self inflicted wounds are generally considered more painful.

    btw I only know this because japan does have a list of top suicide methods. you'll find mention of it in a documentary on japan's famous suicide forest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:37 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I heard asphyxiation through inert gases are completely painless too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 21/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most likely the opposite. It rose 9%. xD

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    Comment by Baronight
    17:10 19/01/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Moe anime help reduce suicide rate...

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    Comment by lawl
    17:17 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    EVAfags help suicide rate

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    Comment by Benoist
    23:28 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zetsubou sensei proved depressives and neurotics were fun live with, so people now enjoy and deal with it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    When itachi died some russian kid off himself. Now that Neji had died i'm kinda expecting something. well, Suicidal people don't need no reason. When you want to go, better to go in style

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    Comment by Rokudaime

    GODAMN IT!! FUCK YOU!! That hasn't happened in the anime yet! What the hell are you doing, posting massive spoilers like that! Not everybody reads the manga! Fuck! ಠ益ಠ

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    03:55 21/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I read lots of manga dipshit. (╬-_- ) But I prefer my manga in book-form rather than scanlations, and the official English manga hasn't gotten that far yet I believe. Also, with Naruto, I prefer to not know what's going to happen in each episode of the anime before it happens, so I deliberately only read the manga up until the point where the anime has gotten. The story and everything else is fine in either format, but the action-scenes are better when animated with sounds and music in the background. Posting spoilers like that is really inconsiderate in any case.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That might be a small hint for you to do so. Or is reading too hard for you?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Off yourself next time and rid us of your spoilers

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 19/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Spoilers: Ash was too late to get his first pokémon and was left with pikachu

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 19/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)


    There is super saiyan 3

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    Kamina dies in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, episode 8.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    Yoshika recovers your powers in Strike witches movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Neji's death is only 3 weeks old, I believe. Also to 18:40, Naruto is not moe anime so it's unrelated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    Ace dies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:34 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    Nagise dies in clannad after story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:33 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Speaking of spoilers it was just released that Capt. Unahana (4th Captain) is one to give Kenpachi Zaraki his only scar- in the "Bleach" Manga- she's the most powerful Soul Reaper in Soul Society

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Spoilers: In the Walking Dead, everyone dies except for Carl.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    21:42 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Togame from Katanagatari doesn't survive the anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Spoilers: Spike dies

    oh, the sheer fun in sankaku...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 21/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Sena is in love with Kodaka and both are fiancés. Also, Sena confess your love for him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 21/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Everyone dies.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    19:15 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >> There is super saiyan 3
    Pretty sure it's "super saiya-jin". Also, there is super saiya-jin 4.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:56 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spoilers? really dude? you are that far behind? Well, sorry for that, but no can do. I have a lot to live for. peace

    Comment by Anonymous

    Actually, some obsessed otaku HAVE killed themselves over the fates of their favorite characters. The majority of us, when something like K-On is mentioned, merely say, "Somebody shoot me, PLEASE!".

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:09 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No wonder people kill themselves when they watch stuff like Madoka

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah. Because they realise that are wasting time watching a shit anime like madoka.

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    Comment by Dia
    17:31 19/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Japan’s population has been dropping slightly in recent years, but by nowhere near 9.4%, suggesting more complex causes are involved"

    I found that sentence hilarious.

    Please don't kill yourself in the woods. Think of the poor people who will have to drag your rotting corpse out of there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Total population may not have dropped much, but it's older, and youth population is dropping faster.

    Sad little emo kids kill themselves. Old coots [who should kill themselves] don't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:57 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you ever heard of birth rate?
    It seems like you have no knowledge about population statistics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:41 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Should they kill themselves in a crematorium then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or in barrels with lids next to it. Easier to move if you can roll them.

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    Comment by vivster
    19:16 19/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    won't that devastate japan's industry for student sized coffins?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Probably not, Japan has just as many Gang Stalker / Gas Lighter people in houses next door using voice to house sleeping people stuff to drive people to kill themselves as the USA does driving people to shoot up schools. It will be in the news next month that theres a 50 percent increase in deaths over 2 weeks..

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    Comment by Adom Jensom
    18:29 21/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's the Illuminati bro.

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