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Mask Culture in Japan

Wearing surgical-style masks, primarily to prevent the spread of illness, has become a part of social etiquette in Japan. The custom was spurred on by the H1N1 influenza epidemic of 2009, and there are now a huge variety of masks on sale.

Suicide in Japan

More than 27,000 people chose to end their lives in 2013 in Japan, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. While the number of suicides has begun to decline in recent years, figures remain high compared with other developed nations. We look at global figures and consider various factors affecting people’s decisions to take their own lives.

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