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December 23, 1994 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Grandmother, please live a long life. Father, thank you for the trip to Australia. Mother, thank you for the delicious meals. I wanted to live longer, but . . ." With that, Kiyoteru Okouchi slipped a rope around his neck and hanged himself from a back-yard tree. He was all of 13. His suicide last month rocked Japan and set off a public uproar over the phenomenon that caused him to take his own life: the dark, increasingly brutal practice of youth bullying.
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December 14, 2001 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As pressure mounted from his job as an auto parts designer, Kazuhiro Kuroda encountered bouts of listlessness. Then the odd night of poor sleep turned into chronic insomnia and irritability. He had trouble breathing. A perfectionist, he redoubled his efforts and tried to power through the problems. But as cost-cutting intensified and colleagues quit, leaving him with more work, the stress proved relentless. He attempted suicide. Twice.
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February 20, 1998 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan's widening scandal of bribes paid by brokerages and banks to bureaucrats and politicians spread to parliament Thursday, when lawmaker Shokei Arai committed suicide rather than face arrest. Arai, 50, was found hanged in a Tokyo hotel room as parliament prepared to vote to approve his arrest on charges of pressuring a brokerage to pay him illegal profits. Arai had publicly admitted receiving $325,000 since October 1995 in profits supplied by Nikko Securities Co.
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March 24, 1999 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An employee apparently protesting a forced early retirement became the latest in a rising tide of suicides by middle-aged men in recession-bound Japan, committing the ritual "seppuku" Tuesday outside the company president's office. The macabre incident, in which Masaharu Nonaka, 58, stabbed himself in the stomach after a meeting with Bridgestone Corp. President Yoichiro Kaizaki, added to a drastic increase in such suicides in the last several months, particularly among down-on-their-luck men.
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January 29, 1998 | Associated Press
Two top Finance Ministry officials offered their resignations Wednesday and a third reportedly committed suicide as repercussions spread from a bribery scandal that forced out Japan's finance minister. The shake-up follows the arrests Monday of two ministry officials accused of tipping off banks about the ministry's inspections in exchange for gourmet dinners, golf outings and other lavish gifts.
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November 3, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
The official in charge of school lunches blamed for a deadly food poisoning outbreak in western Japan has committed suicide, police said. Shigeki Morimoto, 61, who headed the school lunch program for Sakai city, had been troubled for months by the epidemic, which killed two schoolchildren in the city and sickened thousands. Morimoto's body was found in a 13-foot pond several miles from his home.
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March 13, 1999 | From Associated Press
In a nation of workaholics, a Japanese judge on Friday blamed a man's suicide on exhaustion from working 80-hour weeks and ordered the government to compensate his family--possibly paving the way for thousands of such cases. Before Mori Iijima hanged himself in his garage in 1985, he was driven to depression from overwork at his job in a machine shop, the Nagano District Court ruled.
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March 6, 1989 | From Associated Press
A veteran of the Imperial Army who had planned to commit suicide the day of Emperor Hirohito's funeral instead killed himself last week to avoid interfering with the funeral, police said Sunday. Toshio Muratani, 66, shot himself in the head with a pistol in a Tokyo park Friday, a police spokesman said.
NEWS
March 24, 1999 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An employee apparently protesting a forced early retirement became the latest in a rising tide of suicides by middle-aged men in recession-bound Japan, committing the ritual "seppuku" Tuesday outside the company president's office. The macabre incident, in which Masaharu Nonaka, 58, stabbed himself in the stomach after a meeting with Bridgestone Corp. President Yoichiro Kaizaki, added to a drastic increase in such suicides in the last several months, particularly among down-on-their-luck men.
NEWS
December 14, 2001 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As pressure mounted from his job as an auto parts designer, Kazuhiro Kuroda encountered bouts of listlessness. Then the odd night of poor sleep turned into chronic insomnia and irritability. He had trouble breathing. A perfectionist, he redoubled his efforts and tried to power through the problems. But as cost-cutting intensified and colleagues quit, leaving him with more work, the stress proved relentless. He attempted suicide. Twice.
NEWS
March 13, 1999 | From Associated Press
In a nation of workaholics, a Japanese judge on Friday blamed a man's suicide on exhaustion from working 80-hour weeks and ordered the government to compensate his family--possibly paving the way for thousands of such cases. Before Mori Iijima hanged himself in his garage in 1985, he was driven to depression from overwork at his job in a machine shop, the Nagano District Court ruled.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1998 | YURI KAGEYAMA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In the 1980s, the notoriously hard-working Japanese coined a term to describe workers who die suddenly after putting in extremely long hours. The word is "karoshi," or death from overwork. Japan has a new word for the '90s: "karojisatsu," suicides from overwork. Spurred by an economic slide throughout the decade, the number of such suicides has swelled to an estimated 1,000 or more a year, according to a group of lawyers involved in lawsuits over work-related deaths.
NEWS
May 8, 1998 | From Associated Press
Thousands of weeping youngsters, many with their hair dyed pink like their idol's, swarmed to a Buddhist temple here Thursday to mourn a rock star who committed suicide. One distraught fan killed herself and at least two others tried to. Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto was the lead guitarist for X-Japan, one of this nation's most popular rock bands. He hanged himself Saturday with a towel hooked to a doorknob. Matsumoto left no clue as to why he killed himself.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1998 | From Associated Press
A top executive of Japan's scandal-plagued central bank hanged himself today, the fourth in a recent series of suicides by government bureaucrats, police said. Bank of Japan Chief Director Takayuki Kamoshida, 58, was found by his wife around 3 a.m. hanging from a cord in an apartment. Kamoshida was in charge of efforts to root out corruption at the bank and to punish employees involved in bribery scandals, national broadcaster NHK said. "I'm tired.
BUSINESS
February 20, 1998 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan's widening scandal of bribes paid by brokerages and banks to bureaucrats and politicians spread to parliament Thursday, when lawmaker Shokei Arai committed suicide rather than face arrest. Arai, 50, was found hanged in a Tokyo hotel room as parliament prepared to vote to approve his arrest on charges of pressuring a brokerage to pay him illegal profits. Arai had publicly admitted receiving $325,000 since October 1995 in profits supplied by Nikko Securities Co.
NEWS
January 29, 1998 | Associated Press
Two top Finance Ministry officials offered their resignations Wednesday and a third reportedly committed suicide as repercussions spread from a bribery scandal that forced out Japan's finance minister. The shake-up follows the arrests Monday of two ministry officials accused of tipping off banks about the ministry's inspections in exchange for gourmet dinners, golf outings and other lavish gifts.
NEWS
January 9, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A second devotee of the late Japanese Emperor Hirohito has hanged himself, saying he wanted to follow his monarch into the afterlife, police said Sunday. They said 76-year-old former navy midshipman Yoshichi Terunuma hanged himself from a tree in a forest near Katsuta City north of Tokyo on Saturday, soon after Hirohito's death was announced. He left a note saying: "Pardon me for accompanying (you) as a . . . trusted retainer of the great marshal, the emperor."
NEWS
May 8, 1998 | From Associated Press
Thousands of weeping youngsters, many with their hair dyed pink like their idol's, swarmed to a Buddhist temple here Thursday to mourn a rock star who committed suicide. One distraught fan killed herself and at least two others tried to. Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto was the lead guitarist for X-Japan, one of this nation's most popular rock bands. He hanged himself Saturday with a towel hooked to a doorknob. Matsumoto left no clue as to why he killed himself.
NEWS
November 3, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
The official in charge of school lunches blamed for a deadly food poisoning outbreak in western Japan has committed suicide, police said. Shigeki Morimoto, 61, who headed the school lunch program for Sakai city, had been troubled for months by the epidemic, which killed two schoolchildren in the city and sickened thousands. Morimoto's body was found in a 13-foot pond several miles from his home.
NEWS
December 23, 1994 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Grandmother, please live a long life. Father, thank you for the trip to Australia. Mother, thank you for the delicious meals. I wanted to live longer, but . . ." With that, Kiyoteru Okouchi slipped a rope around his neck and hanged himself from a back-yard tree. He was all of 13. His suicide last month rocked Japan and set off a public uproar over the phenomenon that caused him to take his own life: the dark, increasingly brutal practice of youth bullying.
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