The New York Times’ Tokyo bureau reporters Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida recently wrote about these deaths and attempt to explain why they are part of a larger suicide trend in Japan. After a decade of decline, Japanese authorities reported a nearly 16% increase in suicides this August compared to last August. Among teenage girls and women in their 20s and 30s, this increase jumps to 74%.
The coronavirus pandemic could be a culprit, as could Japanese culture itself, which may have saved Japan from having a COVID catastrophe, ironically.
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