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More Japanese school pupils commit suicide on September 1 each year than on any other date, according to figures collated by Japan's suicide prevention office over a period of more than 40 years.

The grim spike in the statistics is linked to the typical start date of the new school term after the summer holiday has ended.

"The long break from school enables you to stay at home, so it's heaven for those who are bullied," Nanae said. "When summer ends, you have to go back. And once you start worrying about getting bullied, committing suicide might be possible."


http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/01/asia/japan-teen-suicides/
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Not to be harsh, but bullying is everywhere. You cannot escape it; not even on the internet.
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tf2pyros wrote:

Not to be harsh, but bullying is everywhere. You cannot escape it; not even on the internet.


But no one who isn't more sensitive than an exposed toenailess toe with sunburn and cancer kills themselves over strangers on the internet. Sure I'd get it if it were people they knew bullying them on the internet, but then why the heck do they add bullies on facebook and shit?
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Bulling is a serious problem in schools. I think teachers should encourage an atmosphere in which bullied students speak up for themselves to their teachers and to their parents. This should be a part of all teachers' education and training. Also, signs of bullying should be made clear to students so that they can evaluate whether a friend is being bullied or if they themselves are acting inappropriately, bullying others.
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Bullying can destroy a childhood and leave lifelong scars.

It was bad enough for me that I never finished 9th grade.
It took me 17 years to go back, get my GED, and start college.
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Interesting. Japan is seriously bogged down by negative thinking and negative people. It just seems like most of their people are pessimists, like they believe they can't win against the situation or it can't be helped. They need to work on that, no offence.
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Scary. Scary, scary, scary.
It's sad when a person thinks his/her only escape is through suicide.
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Sad but, kids these days need to toughen up. The world isn't a nice place everywhere or all the time. You've got to have thicker skin nowadays or you'll be eaten alive. That's not to say I condone bullying though.
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Suicide seems to be a major problem in general, in Japan. I'd say that the social expectations are a likely catalyst.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_in_Japan

I remember reading the manga "Confidential Confessions" when I was in junior high, and while I was completely oblivious to the issue before, one of the books prefixed with a stat about how many people commit suicide in japan per hour. I'll never forget that, and even though I'm a Westerner, hearing the subject leaves me despondent. I've inadvertently seen youtube videos made by popular vloggers from the West that now live in Japan, and they've touched on subjects such as the lack of ability to vent, or help in problems that don't immediately involve you. It's blatantly a cultural difference. I'm not suggesting anything negative about Japan, just contributing to the conversation.
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ayaundwolf wrote:

Suicide seems to be a major problem in general, in Japan. I'd say that the social expectations are a likely catalyst.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_in_Japan

I remember reading the manga "Confidential Confessions" when I was in junior high, and while I was completely oblivious to the issue before, one of the books prefixed with a stat about how many people commit suicide in japan per hour. I'll never forget that, and even though I'm a Westerner, hearing the subject leaves me despondent. I've inadvertently seen youtube videos made by popular vloggers from the West that now live in Japan, and they've touched on subjects such as the lack of ability to vent, or help in problems that don't immediately involve you. It's blatantly a cultural difference. I'm not suggesting anything negative about Japan, just contributing to the conversation. :)


Reminds me a little of this doc that I watched some time ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDSdg09df8
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ayaundwolf wrote:

Suicide seems to be a major problem in general, in Japan. I'd say that the social expectations are a likely catalyst.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_in_Japan

I remember reading the manga "Confidential Confessions" when I was in junior high, and while I was completely oblivious to the issue before, one of the books prefixed with a stat about how many people commit suicide in japan per hour. I'll never forget that, and even though I'm a Westerner, hearing the subject leaves me despondent. I've inadvertently seen youtube videos made by popular vloggers from the West that now live in Japan, and they've touched on subjects such as the lack of ability to vent, or help in problems that don't immediately involve you. It's blatantly a cultural difference. I'm not suggesting anything negative about Japan, just contributing to the conversation. :)


Reminds me a little of this doc that I watched some time ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDSdg09df8


Ah, I've heard about this before. Probably in one of those "top 10's" videos. It's very eerie, don't you think?
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Posted 9/1/15

ayaundwolf

Ah, I've heard about this before. Probably in one of those "top 10's" videos. It's very eerie, don't you think?


Yeah, definitely makes me think Japan needs to address it more. Doesn't help my view on todays youth either.
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True. Near the end of that video you linked the guide says "You think you die alone, but that's not true. Nobody is alone in this world. We have to coexist and take care of each other." Those are pretty striking words. It's a shame more people don't think that way.
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i blame the NHK
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Its such a distubitng thought that someone was bullied so much too a point where suicide was the answer for escape I never been bullied well once online but it was nothing but my dad has but pretty badly too
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