Suicide prevention strategies in Japan: A 15-year review (1998-2013)

Tadashi Takeshima, Takashi Yamauchi, Masatoshi Inagaki, Manami Kodaka, Toshihiko Matsumoto, Kenji Kawano, Yotaro Katsumata, Maiko Fujimori, Ayaka Hisanaga, Yoshitomo Takahashi

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Abstract

Suicide is a global public health problem and solutions to it can be found only through a global dialog. The suicide rate in Japan has been alarming, but Japan has made substantial efforts to reduce this rate, making prevention a high priority. This report reviews the developmental stages of a comprehensive policy of suicide prevention in Japan from 1998 to 2013. Our review suggests that suicide prevention activities were facilitated by the 2006 BasicAct for Suicide Prevention and the 2007 General Principles of Suicide Prevention Policy. Along with the establishment of a Special Fund program for local governments, the Basic Act and General Principles led to the development of a comprehensive and multi-sector approach to suicide prevention. Suicide rates in Japan, especially among middle-aged men, decreased consistently after 2009, suggesting that the initiatives were effective. Continuous monitoring is needed to evaluate Japan's suicide prevention policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-66
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Public Health Policy
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 10 2015

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Keywords

  • Basic Act for Suicide Prevention
  • Japan
  • policy development
  • Suicide
  • suicide prevention

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy

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Takeshima, T., Yamauchi, T., Inagaki, M., Kodaka, M., Matsumoto, T., Kawano, K., ... Takahashi, Y. (2015). Suicide prevention strategies in Japan: A 15-year review (1998-2013). Journal of Public Health Policy, 36(1), 52-66. https://doi.org/10.1057/jphp.2014.42

Suicide prevention strategies in Japan : A 15-year review (1998-2013). / Takeshima, Tadashi; Yamauchi, Takashi; Inagaki, Masatoshi; Kodaka, Manami; Matsumoto, Toshihiko; Kawano, Kenji; Katsumata, Yotaro; Fujimori, Maiko; Hisanaga, Ayaka; Takahashi, Yoshitomo.

In: Journal of Public Health Policy, Vol. 36, No. 1, 10.02.2015, p. 52-66.

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Takeshima, T, Yamauchi, T, Inagaki, M, Kodaka, M, Matsumoto, T, Kawano, K, Katsumata, Y, Fujimori, M, Hisanaga, A & Takahashi, Y 2015, 'Suicide prevention strategies in Japan: A 15-year review (1998-2013)', Journal of Public Health Policy, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 52-66. https://doi.org/10.1057/jphp.2014.42
Takeshima T, Yamauchi T, Inagaki M, Kodaka M, Matsumoto T, Kawano K et al. Suicide prevention strategies in Japan: A 15-year review (1998-2013). Journal of Public Health Policy. 2015 Feb 10;36(1):52-66. https://doi.org/10.1057/jphp.2014.42
Takeshima, Tadashi ; Yamauchi, Takashi ; Inagaki, Masatoshi ; Kodaka, Manami ; Matsumoto, Toshihiko ; Kawano, Kenji ; Katsumata, Yotaro ; Fujimori, Maiko ; Hisanaga, Ayaka ; Takahashi, Yoshitomo. / Suicide prevention strategies in Japan : A 15-year review (1998-2013). In: Journal of Public Health Policy. 2015 ; Vol. 36, No. 1. pp. 52-66.
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