Life in Japan Archive

Japan’s troubled relationship with suicide

Japan’s suicide rate has increased in the last 30 years. In 1982, the rate increased, then gradually decreased until 1997. In 1998, the rate jumped again, and remained high after 1998. Both 1982 and 1998 were recession years, but 1998 was special. In November 1997,

Shisha in Japan

The Japanese are renowned for their love of fish, with almost every species on the planet available in their restaurants, but they have also acquired a taste for Shisha (Hookah). This is flavoured tobacco that is smoked using a waterpipe, which many believe gives