Japan creates a drone patrol to curb the country's suicide 'epidemic'


Japan has a serious problem in terms of suicide rate of its citizens. To be very clear about the problem the country is facing, tell you that, according to official statistics, about 70 Japanese kill themselves every day, being suicide, leading cause of death among Japanese citizens between the ages of 15 and 39.

To put this data in context I would like to comment on a fact that, at least personally, I have found quite peculiar and that is that the Japanese authorities are breastfeeding and even consider positive that the total suicide rate has been reduced in 2016 for the seventh consecutive year being the the first time that in 22 years the figure drops from 22.000 deaths.

Japan will create a drone patrol to monitor all those areas where young people go to kill themselves

This year and because we are facing a rebound in people who have decided to end their lives, several teams of volunteers have been created to ensure precisely that this does not happen. A leader of one of these teams, Yukio shige, a 73-year-old Japanese, comments that they have already managed to save almost 600 people since they began operating in 2004. Since then their methods have evolved a lot to the point that they have just incorporated the use of drones in their surveillance tasks.

Without a doubt and, without having to go too far into a topic that can be too rugged, today we are facing one more example of how technologies such as drones can suppose considerable help when it comes to monitoring certain areas that, otherwise, could be too extensive for, as is the case, a small group of people who, remember, dedicate themselves to it completely voluntarily.

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