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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Honor, Disgrace, Shame - Seppuku: "stomach cutting"- Eearliest type of suicide- Materialized at around 700 AD- Alternative to death penalty in the 17th century- Undertaken as a voluntary practice in the 1900's Military and Seppuku Japan has the highest cases of suicides, so much that it is a major social issue.If the Japanese are faces with the choice to endure bully, persecution or high stress encounters, a momentous number would decide to end their lives World War II Kamikaze pilots comitted mass suicide While the Americans were horror stricken, Japanese perceived the Kamikaze pilots as 'guiding spirits of a country' (which was an honorable post to occupy). Religion and Culture Inseki-jisatsu - Considered as a way of accepting responsibility- "inseki" means responsibility; "jisatsu" means Japan- frequently takes place when political or social scandals occur in Japan Majority of the population follow Shinto which condones departure from life for a variety of reasons Suicidal Rate in Japan: Media and Economy Copycat suicide - a.k.a Imitation Effect- The topic of suicide is pervasive and is used for entertainment purposes in movies, music, books and even video games- Greater receptivity to suicide was found in the Japanese society Internet Suicide Packs - Group suicides of persons who have congregated over the internet- Online websites, created by "humanitarians and philanthropists", advocate suicide pacts- Some sites encourage the most favorable ways in which one can commit suicide, while other provide those who want to commit suicide a platform to conglomerate. Government and Individual Interventions In the year 2007, the government introduced a nine year plan, a counter suicide white paper with the intention of diminishing suicide rates by the year 2017.In 2009, amidst by and large increase in suicides, the governments proclaims there have been heartening signs since September. Monthly suicides had reportedly reduced between September 2009 and 2010. - a task force re-evaluated ways to blueprint and design buildings to avert people from jumping off the building- train stations initiated the installation of "suicide mirrors" in order to prohibit people from diving onto the tracks- the Japanese government started providing finances for the suicide awareness programs, and issued pamphlets to companies, requesting them to watch out the danger signs among employees and instructed to offer them counseling. Contrary to how suicide is viewed with stigma in many societies, the Japanese society views notion of suicide as an act of honour and bravery. Therefore, the concept of suicide is a socially legitimized concept, and not an individualized one. The individual acceptability of suicide is determined by how the society perceives the notion of suicide to be.
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