Strangely, the third-largest economy in the world cannot overcome the dilemma of human suffering in an environment that will produce augmented reality and self-driving vehicles and intelligent machines. It’s insoluble, maybe. Japan has been suffering from a high rate of suicides. The ratio of suicides in just a month of October is much higher than the COVID-19’s total death toll.
The rising cases (most of them go unreported) of suicide among the people between the ages of 14 – 35 is alarming. Reasons amongst the youth are the failure or not performing too well academically, unable to pursue further studies to improve career prospects due to financial instability, lack of support to discuss everyday stresses, etc. Depressive and suicidal thoughts are still considered a major taboo in our society, and people feel utterly reluctant to voice their anxieties and troubles. Families are still hesitant to speak and hide or twist factors about their beloved’s death because of the stigma it causes.