Aichi's oldest pathologist sees society in flux

| May 18, 2015

Aichi's oldest pathologist sees society in flux

The oldest police pathologist in Aichi Prefecture retired in March, after performing autopsies on more than 4,000 bodies in his 50 year career. Isamu Yamaguchi, an 87-year-old resident of Nagoya, says he continued to ponder the meaning of life and death as he faced ...

Feb 11, 2015

45,000 suicides each year linked to unemployment, study shows

Around 45,000 suicides each year are attributable to unemployment, according to a survey of 63 countries published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal on Wednesday. Health watchdogs should regard unemployment as a continuous suicide risk, and not only at times of economic crisis, its authors ...

Sep 4, 2014

Japan's suicide rate exceeds world average: WHO report

The suicide rate for Japan is roughly 60 percent higher than the global average, with 18.5 people out of every 100,000 committing suicide in 2012, according to a World Health Organization report released Thursday. The U.N. body’s first-ever report on suicide prevention said an ...

Jun 20, 2014

Education ministry panel to ask schools to probe all students' suicides

An education ministry panel has adopted guidelines obliging schools to investigate all suicides of students around the country. If a child commits suicide, their school should immediately seek information from family members and police, interview all teaching staff and report the initial results to ...

May 20, 2014

Local governments push 'karoshi' bill

More than 100 prefectural and municipal assemblies across Japan are backing a bill now in the Diet that is aimed at preventing “karoshi” (death from overwork) and suicide caused by overwork. The bill stipulates that the country as a whole is responsible for such ...

Jul 9, 2013

Japan suffered 14,192 suicides from January to June

The number of suicides across the nation from January to June fell slightly to 14,192, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Tuesday. The figure was 102 fewer than in the first half of 2012, when the annual number of suicides fell ...

Tepco admits culpability in Fukushima farmer's suicide

Jun 7, 2013

Tepco admits culpability in Fukushima farmer's suicide

Tokyo Electric Power has conceded the Fukushima nuclear meltdown disaster played a part in a farmer’s 2011 suicide, lawyers said Thursday, its first admission of culpability in such a case. The utility has reached an out-of-court settlement with the family of Hisashi Tarukawa, a ...