Japan’s high suicide rate is focus of ‘Saving 10,000’ event

January 19, 2015

The Tojinbo cliffs and Aokigahara forest are among popular sites for Japanese who choose suicide, more than 80 in the country each day — a rate nearly double that of the United States.

Suicides rose in tandem with Japan’s economic woes beginning in the late 1990s. Bankruptcy, job loss and other financial stressors felt especially by middle-aged men appear to be factors.

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