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Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and the nation’s unique culture plays a role. In Japanese culture, suicide does not carry the same stigma that it does in most of the world. Ritual suicide, called Seppuku, is thought to be honorable, and the practice dates back to the feudal ages in Japan. Ritual suicides aren’t practiced anymore, but Sepukku has a left a grotesque mark on society. Today, suicide is viewed as a way of taking responsibility for perceived failure and dishonor. Researchers on mental health in Japan site family problems, mental health issues, money worries, and job loss as the leading causes of suicide.