Bad weather linked to railway suicides in Japan: Study
TOKYO (AFP) - The number of suicides on Japanese railways increases after several days of bad weather, according to a study released on Thursday, which urged train operators to increase patrols during rainy periods.
The study, which chimes with commonly held beliefs about mood and weather, was an attempt to find reasons behind some of the deaths that make up Japan's relatively high suicide rate.
A team led by Dr Hiroshi Kadotani of Shiga University of Medical Science reviewed 971 instances where someone had taken their own life, or attempted to do so, between 2002 and 2006 in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Osaka, Japan's main commercial hubs.
They cross-referenced this with weather records and found that a high proportion of incidents happened after three-to-seven days of reduced sunlight - days that had been cloudy or rainy days.