Suicide and culture in Japan: A study of seppuku as an institutionalized form of suicide

@article{Fus2004SuicideAC,
  title={Suicide and culture in Japan: A study of seppuku as an institutionalized form of suicide},
  author={Toyomasa Fus{\'e}},
  journal={Social psychiatry},
  year={2004},
  volume={15},
  pages={57-63}
}
  • Toyomasa Fusé
  • Published 2004
  • Psychology
  • Social psychiatry
  • SummarySeppuku (i. e., ritual suicide by disembowelment, vulgarized in the West asharakiri) has been a popular theme in Japan's literature and theatre for years. It has been a time-honoured traditional form of suicide among the samurai class in Japan for centuries. There has been a discernible propensity in the West to understand suicide behaviour in terms of psychological and psychiatric theories. A study ofseppuku casts some serious doubt on the validity and appropriateness of such… CONTINUE READING

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