Many people in Japanese society have been suffering from anxiety and depression and high rates of suicide these years. I will give several reasons to explain why this happens in my point of view.
I assume that Japanese people feel stressed living in Japan because most people are strict with how others act, and they do not have the habit of “forgiving” each other.
Most Japanese people are punctual, strict, and hard-working, a good which nationality of Japanese citizens. Still, it can turn out to be a disadvantage in some circumstances. Japanese people tend to be strict with others and themselves without knowing how to release their stress, and that might be the cause of mental health problems. Japanese people’s virtue is to “not bother others as much as possible,” so they try to suppress themselves even if they seek help at the bottom of their heart, and they criticize people who do actions that are a nuisance to others.
Therefore, it is hard for them to “forgive “themselves and others when making mistakes.
The second reason why Japanese people feel difficulty living is that people believe that “each people are responsible for their own circumstances.”
From my point of view, life is not that simple. Even if you make every effort, many things don’t go the way you want. Not all of the consequences result from their own responsibility since there are things that you can’t control by your will.
Every people are raised in a different environment, and the surrounding people influence them.
Life is harsh and difficult for most of us, so it is important to try to understand others' circumstances and feel compassion for it; we shouldn’t just say,” What you have right now is the result of what you’ve been doing until now.”
The third reason why Japanese people feel stressed is that they don’t respect individuality. People want to be the same as others; most Japanese people are afraid of being defined as a “weird person” by being different from others.
Japanese people should be more acceptable to those who are “different.” If they respect individuality and diversity, they believe that the Japanese society would be an easier place to live in.
In conclusion, I assert that it is important for Japanese people to forgive others, don’t think people’s or own circumstances are because of their own responsibility,
and respect each other as an individual.