Year: 2008 Source: The Lancet, v.371, no.9630, (June 21, 2008), p.2071 SIEC No: 20080664

The number of suicides in Japan in 2007 is expected to exceed 30,000 for the tenth year in a row. This article cites critics who say this figure is proof that national efforts to prevent suicide are not working. These experts are urging the government to adopt better prevention measures but concede there are factors in Japanese culture that may subtly encourage suicide.