Not very travel related but...
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 12, 2013 2:43 PM Last Post By: dragonroad
Apr 3, 2013 6:49 PM
Not very travel related but...This is an exceptionally good documentary on Japan's suicide rate and the efforts to reduce it.
It's well worth watching for anyone interested in deeper aspects of Japanese society.
Apr 6, 2013 7:05 AM
Really interesting documentary but obviously sad at the same time.
was having dinner in Shinjuku last night with a client from my UK days.
He was talking about the mentality, attitudes of some of his colleagues. (Not about suicides but things like overtime, stress, commuting, family life etc)
Even though he is Japanese, he couldn't understand why people put them through some of the stuff.
I guess it could easily lead to illness, sickness that in the end could result in suicide.
Apr 6, 2013 7:11 PM
Apr 10, 2013 7:30 AM
3In short,the problem is "absence of way,road."
Located on a slight distance from the continent,Japan could do both things; "taking in new things" and "isolating herself".
At first,Japan had taken in agriculture,then Chinese or Korean cultures such as Chinese Characters,foods,politic systems,religions,weapons and so on.
And in Edo era,Japan isolated herself,Sakoku.
In this way,Japan has taken in new things,and modified,and thrown away some of them.
What had been accepted spread rapidly (because of nationality).
Until now,Japan had experienced many eras.Samurai era,Empire era,and Technology and Economy era.(I don't know the correct words..)
But Technology and Economy era has already shown many negative aspects,such as pollution,income gap,the decline in the ability and "What else should we create?"
So perhaps it is high time to take in(or change,throw away) something.
Find a new road.
One of the idea is tourism.
Japanese people tend to be blinkered(?),so going abroad and seeing some new things can change something,I suppose.And meeting foreign tourists can also.
One of the worlds which I think we should know is aborigines.
We had gotten many things,but perhaps lost the same amount.
Apr 11, 2013 6:11 AM
Today I asked a group of uni students that I teach whether they had ever analysed or deconstructed advertising. They are a really switched on group, but the looked at me blankly. I explained a little, and they got the meaning, but said it was a totally unfamiliar concept to deconstruct in that way.
While the education system doesn't make space for analysis and evaluating motives, perspectives, bias etc, it's not very easy to find a new path. One sees what one sees, rather like Plato's cave.
Apr 12, 2013 2:43 PM
5Surely it's not easy to find a new path...
Usually in Japan,upper layers analyze things and decide what to do,and lower layers obey them.Perhaps it would be quicker and easy to control.
And in this method,people can change own behavior completely in no time,for better or for worse.You can see it in Japanese history.
So,one method that you can think to prevent suicide is to encourage everyone to think individually and decide what to do by them selves.
Other method is to encourage upper levels to prepare some measures(?) to prevent suicide.
In former days,mainly religions took this role.
Such as Buddhism (仏教,仏道) or Shinto(神道).Road of(or to?) Buddha or God.
It is rather difficult to answer the question;"Why mustn't I commit suicide?" Especially in normal modern education systems.
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