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https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/28/asia/japan-suicide-women-covid-dst-intl-hnk/index.html

Tokyo (CNN)Eriko Kobayashi has tried to kill herself four times.

The first time, she was just 22 years old with a full-time job in publishing that didn't pay enough to cover her rent and grocery bills in Tokyo. "I was really poor," said Kobayashi, who spent three days unconscious in hospital after the incident.
Now 43, Kobayashi has written books on her mental health struggles and has a steady job at an NGO. But the coronavirus is bringing back the stress she used to feel.
"My salary was cut, and I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel," she said. "I constantly feel a sense of crisis that I might fall back into poverty."
Experts have warned that the pandemic could lead to a mental health crisis. Mass unemployment, social isolation, and anxiety are taking their toll on people globally.
In Japan, government statistics show suicide claimed more lives in October than Covid-19 has over the entire year to date. The monthly number of Japanese suicides rose to 2,153 in October, according to Japan's National Police Agency. As of Friday, Japan's total Covid-19 toll was 2,087, the health ministry said.



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Re: More Japanese commited suicide than died of Covid 19 this month
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2020, 06:55:09 PM »
For years, I believed Japan was politically compromised.  I would not be surprised if in fact that was the reason Japan went into an economic decline, and now culturally suicide.

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Re: More Japanese commited suicide than died of Covid 19 this month
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2020, 04:52:19 AM »
Japan has been the richest and most industrialized country in Asia for more than a century, and besides some random scientific contributions and cartoons, has not really produced much intellectual and cultural outputs that shaped the world in profound ways.  This is the limit of Eastern conformist thinking, which I believe the Japanese are even more Confucian than the Chinese.  It seems quite ironic for the simple fact that the Japanese are much more exposed to Western culture through trade than any other Asian countries/territories (except for Hong Kong).  Yet, even Hong Kong without full fledged independence produced a dizzying amount of new culture until the handover to China.

 
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