Suicides In Japan Cost Economy $32bn

I would think the number one problem is that Japan has the highest suicide rate in the world, not the fact that it’s hurting the economy. BBC reports:

The government in Japan says suicides and depression cost its economy almost 2.7tn yen ($32bn; £21bn) last year.

The figures refer to lost incomes and the cost of treatment. It is the first time Japan has released such figures.

Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates, with more than 32,000 people killing themselves last year. PM Naoto Kan sees it as proof of an economic and emotional downturn.

The government is setting up a task force to try to reduce the rate.

From Friday, it will run a video clip of a footballer from the J-league on its website, urging people to be more aware of the problem.

Continues at BBC News

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  • Vox Penii

    Perhaps the Japanese are killing themselves in record numbers because they are finally attempting to make up for the Rape of Nanking.

    It’d be a very subtle means of atonement. VoxMagi would approve.

    • Honuman

      you have far too much time on your hands Vox. How would you explain the suicide rate of Americans? For the bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

    • Haystack

      If I were as bitter and angry as you, I’d kill myself.

    • Tuna Ghost

      And the even higher rate of suicide in South Korea? Where does that fit in?

    • gemmarama

      you will be delighted to learn that the countries with the current highest suicide rates in the world are belarus, lithuania, and russia, so you can blame that on communism (go on, you know you want to). at number four (still above japan) we have the wild-card of sri lanka though, explain that one away (space lizards?)…

  • TellingItLikeItIs

    Duh, let’s be politically incorrect here: Asians are practically machines compared to us lazy, inept Americans. They eat, sleep, breathe academia, very disciplined, etc. Yeah, that’s stereotyping–so what! Stereotypes exist because they are due. I’ve dated an Asian before! Don’t you dare call me racist. Of course they are going to be more depressed and vulnerable to suicide because majority of them do not know how to enjoy life! Work, work, work, work, work, etc. (Yes, I just realized I generalized the entire Asian ethnicity.)

  • Tuna Ghost

    And the even higher rate of suicide in South Korea? Where does that fit in?

  • gemmarama

    you will be delighted to learn that the countries with the current highest suicide rates in the world are belarus, lithuania, and russia, so you can blame that on communism (go on, you know you want to). at number four (still above japan) we have the wild-card of sri lanka though, explain that one away (space lizards?)…