Latest Japanese society Stories

2006-06-01 07:55:00

TOKYO -- The number of Japanese who took their own lives rose slightly in 2005 to stay above 30,000 for the eighth straight year, with the number of serious illnesses and deaths blamed on overwork also climbing. Work-induced stress is not a new problem in workaholic Japan, where the suicide rate is the second highest among the Group of Eight industrialized nations, but official recognition of the issue has lagged. According to police figures released on Thursday, a total of 32,552 people...

2006-05-10 03:25:50

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of suicides in Japan is likely to have exceeded 30,000 for the eighth straight year in 2005, and analysts say a widening income gap is partly to blame for the nation's stubbornly high suicide rate. There were 28,240 cases of suicides in the January-November period last year, a Health Ministry official said on Wednesday, which is likely to mean the number compiled separately by police, and used by the government as the official count,...

2006-01-31 22:52:45

By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Is your annual salary lower than your age multiplied by $1,000? Do you eat lots of snacks and fast foods? Japanese readers who answered yes to these and other questions by Atsushi Miura in his recent best-seller "Karyu Shakai (Underclass Society)" were told what they may have suspected all along: they are members of an emerging class of the new poor. The book touched off debate about a new social divide in a country that has long seen itself as...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.