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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:04 AM
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80. Japan has very few firearms ...
Please explain their high suicide rate.

Japan targets high suicide rate
Posted 5/29/2007 10:21 AM

TOKYO (AP) The hanging death of Japan's farm minister this week grimly illustrated the country's stubbornly high suicide rate and the government's struggle to discourage large numbers of Japanese from killing themselves.


More than 32,500 Japanese took their own lives in 2005, up 0.7% from the year before, according to the National Police Agency's latest statistics.

Japan has long been known for having a tradition of suicide, but the numbers exploded to over 30,000 a year in the late 1990s amid a long economic slump that forced mass restructuring at companies and drove many men in their 50s to kill themselves.

Those numbers have remained high despite the economic recovery, leaving officials bewildered. The government set up programs to counsel the depressed and increase awareness of mental illness to no avail.

That means more people in Japan in 2005 committed suicide than the total number of people who died because of firearms in the United States including those who committed suicide with a firearm.

Surprising fact: Half of gun deaths are suicides
Posted 6/30/2008 9:18 PM

ATLANTA The Supreme Court's landmark ruling on gun ownership last week focused on citizens' ability to defend themselves from intruders in their homes. But research shows that surprisingly often, gun owners use the weapons on themselves.

Suicides accounted for 55 percent of the nation's nearly 31,000 firearm deaths in 2005, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Japan had a population of 127,076,183 in 2009. In that year the U.S. was estimated to have a population of 307,006,550. Therefore if Japan had the same size population as the United States it might have had 78000 suicides in 2005.

There are currently an estimated 300,000,000 firearms in the United States. It's actually amazing how few people are killed by firearms in a year, especially when you consider many of those deaths are the result of criminal activity.

I can envision a society where non lethal means of self defense were the norm but the phasers used in Star Trek are a way off technologically.
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