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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-08 11:01 PM
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Suicide epidemic grips Japan
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Suicide epidemic grips Japan
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By Paul Wiseman, USA TODAY

TOKYO A suicide fad is sweeping Japan: Hundreds of Japanese have killed themselves this year by mixing ordinary household chemicals into a lethal cloud of poison gas that often injures others and forces the evacuation of entire apartment blocks.

The 517 self-inflicted deaths by hydrogen sulfide poisoning this year are part of a bigger, grimmer story: Nearly 34,000 Japanese killed themselves last year, according to the Japanese national police. That's the second-highest toll ever in a country where the suicide rate is ninth highest in the world and more than double that of the USA, the World Health Organization says.

Japan has long been known as a "nation of suicide," notes sociologist Kayoko Ueno at University of Tokushima. Samurai warriors famously chose seppuku disemboweling themselves over surrender. Japanese kamikaze pilots crashed their planes into targets during World War II.

A decade of weak economic growth and the unraveling of Japan's system of lifetime employment have left many middle-age and elderly men unemployed and in financial ruin. Among Japanese suicides, nearly 71% are men, more than 73% are 40 or older, and more than 57% are jobless.

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  -Suicide epidemic grips Japan Judi Lynn  Jul-20-08 11:01 PM   #0 
  - Expect the same here, soon. n/t  OhioChick   Jul-20-08 11:05 PM   #1 
  - Not the fumes though.  LeftyMom   Jul-20-08 11:14 PM   #2 
  - Please don't even say that. n/t  amitten   Jul-20-08 11:14 PM   #3 
  - Job loss is so extreme  OhioChick   Jul-20-08 11:19 PM   #5 
  - You want to push first.  seriousstan   Jul-21-08 01:26 AM   #7 
     - "Push" what? n/t  OhioChick   Jul-21-08 07:10 AM   #12 
  - This is WHY we can look forward to that happening here  Donnachaidh   Jul-21-08 01:17 AM   #6 
  - Americans are more likely to kill others than themselves when in that situation..  Fumesucker   Jul-20-08 11:16 PM   #4 
  - ridiculous n/t  aspergris   Jul-21-08 11:17 AM   #22 
  - It's already begun here!  LongTomH   Jul-21-08 12:24 PM   #25 
  - While doing some research in Sunday newspapers from the 1930s  petgoat   Jul-21-08 01:52 AM   #8 
  - I am agnostic...  stark6935   Jul-21-08 02:04 AM   #9 
  - personally...  MrsBrady   Jul-21-08 05:20 AM   #11 
  - Where did you hear that 70% of Japanese are atheist?  Coventina   Jul-21-08 09:13 AM   #18 
  - crime rate in general  aspergris   Jul-21-08 11:20 AM   #23 
  - Most Japanese are either Shinto or Buddhists.  Kaleko   Jul-21-08 12:32 PM   #26 
  - Ellery Queen beat you to it:  Lars39   Jul-21-08 07:49 AM   #16 
  - looks like Roger Waters was right..  provis99   Jul-21-08 02:17 AM   #10 
  - Yep. And just the other day someone was suggesting we follow a  The Backlash Cometh   Jul-21-08 07:13 AM   #13 
  - suicide tends to prevail  iamthebandfanman   Jul-21-08 07:37 AM   #14 
  - Suicide rates also tend to go up ...  daggahead   Jul-21-08 07:41 AM   #15 
  - Exactly. This paragraph is most significant...  Wednesdays   Jul-21-08 12:10 PM   #24 
  - Suicide - How well I know that word - I wish I didn't - Some incites if you care to read on......  1776Forever   Jul-21-08 07:53 AM   #17 
  - sad.  alyce douglas   Jul-21-08 09:35 AM   #19 
  - Those who say the time is coming here....  WriteDown   Jul-21-08 09:56 AM   #20 
  - Jesus Christ, poison gas??!!  skypuddle   Jul-21-08 10:01 AM   #21 
  - Poison gas isn't a new thing in Japan...  heliarc   Jul-21-08 12:45 PM   #28 
  - I wonder how our troops rate with Japanese society  mdmc   Jul-21-08 12:35 PM   #27 
  - Looks like globalization hasn't worked out well for Japan, either  brentspeak   Jul-21-08 05:31 PM   #29 

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