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Bringing down the suicide rate
By ANDREW GRIMES
As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist working in Japan for over 20 years, I would like to put forward a perspective on the unacceptably high suicide numbers in Japan. Mental health professionals in Japan have long known that the reasons for the high suicide rate are unemployment, bankruptcies, and the increasing levels of stress on businessmen and other salaried workers who have suffered enormous hardship since the post-"bubble" economy hit a low point around 1997.