Japan's suicide rate tops 30,000 / yr. Over 3X the 10,000 or so automobile related deaths. Most of the suicides are men in the 50's and 60's and often due to job related and financial stress. So, while many Silicon Valley ventures were built buy people who had lost their jobs in the defense industry. Japanese tend to commit suicide instead. Japan's suicide rate is among the top 10 in the world. It is said that Japanese mental health medicine is 30 years behind the US (Although Kurokawa-sensei is trying to do something about that.) So it makes sense that cleaning up after a suicide is as common as cleaning up after a traffic accident and people are being billed the costs. The original article below is from 1998, but suicides have increased since then, making it more relevant.

Waiwai is the Mainichi Daily News summary of articles from Japanese Weeklies. This one is from Shukan Hoseki (10/1/98) a bit old. Relevant sections quoted below. See original article for full text.

ClassicWaiwai
Paying for suicide costs more than the ultimate price
By Ryann Connell
Staff Writer
August 17, 2002

"Trains don't usually stop too long after a suicide, there's rarely much damage to carriages and we rarely have to send anyone off to catch trains on different lines. In that regard, train suicides probably don't cost too much," says an employee of a commuter line. "But to make sure we can cover the costs incurred when a suicide leads to a derailment, we have to ask the bereaved families of suicide victims to compensate us. The costs are usually in the range of 100 million yen, but I've heard of a case where a family was billed 140 million yen after someone killed themselves by jumping in front of a train."

"As soon as the news hits that someone's committed suicide in one of our apartments, rents have to drop by about half or we can't get anyone else to live there," laments a Tokyo real estate agent. "In one case a few years ago, an agent sued the father of a man who slaughtered his girlfriend then killed himself in one of the agent's apartments. The agent won the case and the father ended up having to fork out a few million yen."

"We can get a room back into shape in a couple of days (after a suicide), at a cost of only a few million yen in even the worst cases," says a hotel employee. "We don't usually charge renovation costs, but if the suicide is of a famous person and the hotel's reputation is damaged, the hotel'll sue the bereaved family for whatever they're worth."

MDN: WaiWai

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"Shukan Hoseki"? Give me a break. Billing the relatives of suicides 100 million?--what a load of bull. This never happened. Learn to read these things with a critical eye. These rags are the same ones that claim that 60% of junior high school girls are hooking via cell phones.

In Japan, life insurance covers the event of suicide but the payout isn't so much. Bank managers often tell the owners of bankrupt companies to commit suicide - the government will pay the backdated salaries and the family and debts can be (partly) covered by the insurance company. 100 million clean up costs for a suicide on JR - not in this life!

In Japan, life insurance covers the event of suicide but the payout isn't so much. Bank managers often tell the owners of bankrupt companies to commit suicide - the government will pay the backdated salaries and the family and debts can be (partly) covered by the insurance company. 100 million clean up costs for a suicide on JR - not in this life!

My friend saw someone about to jump in front of a train but he didn't want to see so he ran away.
Japan is full of deaths. Sad but thats the way life goes.

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The going rate for the bill that a family might get for a train suicide is up to 8 million. It depends on location as tens of thousands of people could be affected and tie up train schedules for 30-minutes. Apparently there are about 40-50 a year in Tokyo.

This can include car-train collisions at train crossings as well.

i live in Japan now, and the amount of people who commit suicide in this nation has seemingly increased. i believe it is safe to say that everyday, someone jumps off the train. suicides are sad, but not more so than people's reaction around here: numb.


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