Rationale Behind Suicide Prevention Policies

  • Yasuyuki Sawada
  • Michiko Ueda
  • Tetsuya Matsubayashi
Part of the Economy and Social Inclusion book series (ESI)


Article 25(1) of the Constitution of Japan stipulates: “All people shall have the right to maintain the minimum standards of wholesome and cultured living.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuyuki Sawada
    • 1
  • Michiko Ueda
    • 2
  • Tetsuya Matsubayashi
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsThe University of TokyoBunkyō, TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Political Science and EconomicsWaseda UniversityShinjukuJapan
  3. 3.Osaka School of International Public PolicyOsaka UniversityToyonakaJapan

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