Suicide in China High Drama Indeed

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China is fast catching up to Japan in more ways than one – some 300,000 Chinese are thought to kill themselves annually, a quarter of the global total, now being at or over those of suicide-loving Japan at an estimated 23 per 100,000 annually.

In fact, just as city skylines are soaring, so are suicide rates, and it is from these very buildings that many are choosing to cast themselves, so much so that Chinese emergency services sadly seem to be becoming very well equipped to deal with them…

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The drama ensuing from these acts of urban theatre has become a staple of the Chinese media, but voices of sympathy are beginning to give way to voices of criticism at these self-indulgent “highjackings” of the public for acts of personal drama.


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