As the suicide rate surges among Japanese schoolchildren, no one is able to offer a clear solution to the alarming phenomenon. To Western ears, the date of September 1 sounds benign. Mapping for frequency , the study found distinctly larger numbers of suicides at the end of August and beginning of September, as well as during the middle of April. The former coincides with schools reopening after summer vacation; the latter, as schools reopen after spring break. In alone, 25, Japanese people took their own lives — roughly 70 suicides every day.
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Ozora is the founder of an online counseling service used mainly by girls and young women. Tokyo psychiatrist Chiyoko Uchida has seen many of her female clients buckling under the burdens wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. As before the pandemic, suicide continues to exact the highest toll on Japanese men, who are less likely to seek help. Males accounted for about two-thirds of the 2, self-inflicted deaths recorded here in October, according to Health Ministry statistics released last week.
This article first appeared in The Wilson Quarterly. To Western ears, the date of September 1 sounds benign. In Japan, however, it carries a mournful burden. It's the date that many of Japan's schools reopen after summer vacation. A recent study published by Japan's Cabinet Office examined the country's more than 18, child suicides from — and found that of those suicides occurred on September 1—32 more suicides than the next most-frequent date of death.
Suicides and homicides are on the rise among children, teens and young adults in America, according to a new report that highlights what experts say is a disturbing trend among the young. The report, published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that from to , the rate of Americans ages 10 to 24 who died by suicide rose by 56 percent, from 6. That rate had held steady during the seven years prior, from to