Japanese Youth Suicide Rate Highest in 30 Years
A recent government report has shown that the suicide rate of Japanese youth has never been higher in the past 30 years, with 250 cases of suicide by children in elementary or high school.
The number of suicides of students have stayed high, and that is an alarming issue which should be tackled (Ministry Official Noriaki Kitazaki)
The government observed a noticeable spike on September 1st, when the school term starts. The government commented on a possible correlation between the two.
The government plan to reduce suicide rates by 30% by 2026. Part of it includes hiring counsellors to work at elementary and high schools.
Reasons for High Suicide Rates
To a large extent, such high suicide rates not only in Japan, but in most oriental cultures, is likely due to the high amount of work pressure society expects from students. It also includes other universal reasons like bullying, family issues and stress, according to the country’s Ministry of Education.
In addition, experts have said that there is a stigma against receiving help and treatment, or any form of intervention which may reduce suicide rates.