Tag - suicide



Koji Murakami, chairman of Takarazuka Revue (left), and Yasuo Shimada, the president of Hankyu Hanshin Holdings (center), apologize during a news conference in Osaka Prefecture on Thursday.
Mar 29, 2024
Takarazuka theater admits to all harassment claims in actress death
Many of her seniors who perpetrated the harassment submitted personal letters of apology to the family, according to a lawyer representing the family.
Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka hits a forehand during a match at Indian Wells on March 13.
Mar 20, 2024
Tennis rallies around Sabalenka at Miami Open after boyfriend's death
Sabalenka's partner, Belarusian former NHL ice hockey player Konstantin Koltsov, 42, died earlier this week, police said.
The Thunderbird limited express train
Mar 17, 2024
Woman and baby daughter hit by train in apparent murder-suicide
The police said that relatives of the woman had told them she was having problems raising her daughter.
Lawyer Hiroshi Kawahito, who represents the bereaved family of a Takarazuka Revue member who died last year, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 28, 2024
Takarazuka Revue admits power harassment against dead member
According to the lawyer, Takarazuka Revue has indicated its readiness to apologize.
A seminar on preventing suicide among young people is held at the Department of Psychology at Nara University in Nara Prefecture on Nov. 20.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 20, 2024
Japanese college students called on to help prevent youth suicides
Some of the topics being taught to student include cyberbullying and truancy among young children.
Hiroshima Chuo Police Station
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 18, 2024
Detained police officer kills himself amid rape accusations
The officer, who was on suicide watch, had been indicted for raping three women and accused by two others.
Following the death of manga artist Hinako Ashihara, X users are going in search of clues, treating the internet as a virtual crime scene — and appointing themselves the arbiters of law and order.
CULTURE / Wide Angle
Jan 31, 2024
The internet goes in search of blame after the death of Hinako Ashihara
To piece together what happened, social media users are going in search of clues, treating the internet as a virtual crime scene.
A suicide helpline worker takes calls in Tokyo. Health ministry officials say that comprehensive countermeasures are needed to realize a society in which people do not feel suicidal.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 26, 2024
Suicides in Japan decreased slightly to 21,818 in 2023
The decrease marks the first decline in the number of suicides in two years.
An ambulance (left) carrying the body of South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun leaves a park in central Seoul on Wednesday. Lee, best known for his role in the Oscar-winning film "Parasite," was found dead in an apparent suicide, Yonhap news agency reported.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 27, 2023
'Parasite' actor Lee Sun-kyun found dead amid drug allegations
Lee had been under investigation amid an ongoing government crackdown on illegal drug use.
The talent agency formerly known as Johnny & Associates announced it would change its name after acknowledging the long history of abuse company founder Johnny Kitagawa inflicted on young men. The news was followed by the removal of company signage bearing Kitagawa’s name.
CULTURE / Music / Sound Off
Dec 2, 2023
The entertainment story of the year is long overdue
As entertainment heavyweights Johnny & Associates and Takarazuka Revue are hit by scandals, hope for reform emerges with changing attitudes toward abuse.
Takarazuka Grand Theater in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture
Nov 20, 2023
Scandal-hit Takarazuka to set up experts panel to improve culture
Japan's all-female theater troupe Takarazuka Revue will set up a panel of experts possibly by year-end as it seeks to improve its corporate culture.
Ichikawa Ennosuke IV bows in front of media after being released on bail in July.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 17, 2023
Ichikawa Ennosuke IV given suspended three-year prison term
The 47-year-old, whose real name is Takahiko Kinoshi, had been on trial over his role in a family suicide pact.
Kenshi Koba, chairman of the Takarazuka theater group, bows his head in apology during a news conference in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 14, 2023
No link to bullying in Takarazuka theater actress's suicide: panel
Although there was no evidence of harassment in the all-female musical theater troupe, the actress was most likely under immense pressure, the panel said.
The building housing Smile-Up, previously known as Johnny & Associates, in Tokyo
Nov 14, 2023
Johnny's sex abuse victim dies in possible suicide
The man in his 40s, who was found dead in Osaka Prefecture in mid-October, was part of an association of Kitagawa's victims.
Hiroshi Kawahito, a lawyer representing the bereaved family of a 25-year-old actress who was with the Takarazuka Revue theater company, speaks during a news conference on Friday in Tokyo.
Nov 10, 2023
Japan theater actress' suicide due to overwork and bullying: lawyer
Bereaved family members are demanding an apology and compensation from the Takarazuka Revue all-female musical theater company.
Ichikawa Ennosuke IV bows in front of media after being released on bail set at ¥5 million in July.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 20, 2023
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke pleads guilty to assisting parents' suicides
“The feelings of regret, remorse and gratitude (to my supporters) are something I will carry for the rest of my life,” Ennosuke said.
The health ministry found that, following the reported death of a TV personality in May 2022, the number of excess suicides in Japan spiked for two or three weeks.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 20, 2023
Copycat suicides spiked in Japan after celebrity's 2022 death
A government report is calling for the media to ensure that coverage is in line with the World Health Organization’s suicide reporting guidelines.
Masanobu Ogura, minister in charge of policies related to children, speaks at a government meeting on measures to prevent suicides among children, in April.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 12, 2023
Japan steps up efforts to prevent suicides among children
The number of suicides among elementary, junior high and senior high school students has been on the rise, reaching 514 in 2022.
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV bows in front of media after being released on bail set at ¥5 million.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 1, 2023
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV released on ¥5 million bail
Suspected of helping his parents commit suicide, Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV was released on Monday, with bail set at ¥5 million.
A car carrying Ichikawa Ennosuke IV leaves a police station in Tokyo
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 28, 2023
Kabuki actor Ennosuke indicted over assisting in parents' suicide
Investigative sources believe that Ennosuke, who was found collapsed alongside his parents at their home in Tokyo on May 18, also intended to take his own life.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
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