Suicide in Japanese Writers


  • David Lester Stockton University, Galloway, New Jersey 08205, USA


suicide, writers, Japan, Mishima


has been claimed that more than 50 Japanese writers in the 20th century died by suicide, more than in other countries. Ten of these writer-suicides are briefly described, and the life of the most well-known (Yukio Mishima) discussed in more detail. It is apparent that the risk factors for suicide (psychiatric disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, and disrupted interpersonal relationship) were present in many of these writers. The role of Japanese culture and the link between creativity and suicide are also discussed.


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How to Cite

Lester, D. (2022). Suicide in Japanese Writers. Asian Journal of Arts and Culture, 22(1), 254656 . Retrieved from