Japan in the News: Suicides
A man commits suicide in train toilet on a limited express train from Takayama to Osaka. Train staff discovered blood coming from inside the toilet, and police were called to the train while it stopped at Kusatsu station in Kusatsu City. The man, around 30 years old, had blood coming from his neck and wrist, a cutter-knife was found by his side and the door was locked from the inside. Police are treating it as suicide.
According to JR West, the roughly 120 passengers on board changed trains and there were no delays to the timetable. They have to keep those trains running on schedule.
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Related news stories from Japan Today and others:
- Survey reveals 19% seriously thought about committing suicide
- 81 recognized as suicide victims from overwork in 2007
- Average of 4 linking factors behind suicides: NPO report
- Health problems top list of suicide causes
- Suicides using toxic fumes soar in Japan
- Japan gripped by suicide epidemic – Times Online
- Suicide in Japan – The Economist
- One Japanese suicide every 15 minutes – The Observer
- Financial crisis: Suicide rate in Japan expected to soar – Telegraph
- Suicide epidemic grips Japan – USATODAY.com