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I read about this last night on both CNN and BBC. It's very sad that many Japanese children and adults feel that the only way to escape the bullying is to kill themselves.

The stories I read had at least one parent notice their child was having problems and in both cases, it was parent intervention that saved the child. That's perhaps the most critical component - parents who talk to their child, daily, and are invested and interested in them. It's very sad that many children do not have this, either because the parent is uninterested or too busy with their job and personal life to take notice.

Not that the US doesn't have its fair share of problems, but it does sadden me that many Asian cultures expect uniformity and punish those who fall outside this pattern. Embracing our differences and sharing them with others is an important part of the human experience, and one I hope Japan, China, South Korea, etc. will one day not only accept, but embrace.
Posted 9/1/15
Suicide has always been a major problem in japan

its nothing new.
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Japan over the last couple of decades has really started to eat itself from the inside. They've finally stopped having the highest suicide rate in the world, but that might be because they are now losing people because they aren't having kids. Wasn't it a 35 million loss in population by 2050? Might be higher at this point.
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at least they kill themselves rather than shooting up a place then killing themselves. very considerate of them c:
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Dariamus wrote:

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.


I know all too well what you mean. Spent most of my childhood with near to no friends and bullied on a regular basis. After i finally learned how to defend myself i ended up with anger issues and had to create a way to keep myself under control. Dont think i ever truly recovered from the years of bullying and i doubt i ever fully will.
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Dariamus wrote:

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.


I know all too well what you mean. Spent most of my childhood with near to no friends and bullied on a regular basis. After i finally learned how to defend myself i ended up with anger issues and had to create a way to keep myself under control. Dont think i ever truly recovered from the years of bullying and i doubt i ever fully will.

I ran away from everything I was and everything I knew by joining the military.
It was my escape and a clean slate for me. I still carry the scars, but have mostly come to terms with them.

Suicide was never really an option for me. It was still years before I was able to develop real relationships and friendships. Even then, I only managed after someone went out of their way to help me.


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This is terrifying to me. I can't believe people can bully someone to the point where the bullied person feels the need to take their life. Its disgusting a person could do that to another person
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fairy_tail175 wrote:

This is terrifying to me. I can't believe people can bully someone to the point where the bullied person feels the need to take their life. Its disgusting a person could do that to another person


That's pretty much Japan's culture, you stick out, you hit knocked back down.
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Yeah its really like that everywhere though, and thats what scares me. It can happen anywhere
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Dariamus wrote:

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.


Well, good for you for getting there eventually!

I feel you you, I knew several people who were bullied so badly they dropped out of school. Some went back eventually, some went to college others never did.

Bullying leaves bruises on the heart. One of the worst things to exist.
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stop cowardliness, problem solved. oh and fist hurt more than words
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Scary. Scary, scary, scary.
It's sad when a person thinks his/her only escape is through suicide.


Yea! When happened when kids could just resort to hard core drugs to escape life's troubles. Ugh

Posted 9/1/15 , edited 9/1/15
Kids need to toughen up, suicide is for the weak and I will never respect someone like that. I respect bullies even less for picking on the weak to the extent of said victim to take their own life.
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Bullying can destroy the childhood and leave lifelong scars.
The practice of bullying among girls in high school in japan and very high Higher than in many countries of the world. In south korea we have a similar problem.
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Urboistar wrote:

Kids need to toughen up, suicide is for the weak and I will never respect someone like that. I respect bullies even less for picking on the weak to the extent of said victim to take their own life.


How does suicide in any way make someone weak? When you're suicidal, you're not in your right mind. I'm not just saying that figuratively; 90% of people who die by suicide have some sort of mental illness. Many people attempt suicide because they think the world would be better off without them, while others legitimately believe that it's their only way out (e.g "it's gonna be like this until I die, so I might as well just do it now").

Don't you dare call people who attempt suicide weak or unworthy of respect.
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