Tadahiro Matsushita, the Minister of Financial Services, was found dead today, on World Suicide Prevention Day in what police are investigating as a suicide. He allegedly hung himself in his own home. He would not be he first Japanese government minister to kill himself and he won’t be the last. It was reported that he was struggling with the pressures of his job.
It appears that suicide prevention day is still a ways yet from achieving its goal. As a cultural thing, the prevalence of suicide in Japan will be a long time in the changing