Culture 101: Suicide in Japan
June 10, 2009 § 7 Comments
With an annual average of 32,000 suicide deaths, Japan is the suicide capital of the developed world. The typical victims tend to be highly educated and financially well off. This is not a major surprise since committing suicide is deemed a honorable act by many Japanese. The most recent high-profile case was the self-hanging of Japan’s agriculture minister.
Jumping off buildings and hanging are the two most popular suicide methods in Japan. As one recent survivor of a suicide attempt admits, the Japanese love to experience a flying sensation on their way to the afterlife. I wonder if skydiving in Japan is as fun as jumping off buildings.