Depression Blamed for Two Bali Suicides


A Japanese woman who had lived in Bali for two years after her cruise ship job ended has hanged herself at her Denpasar home. Tumoko Teremai, 60, left a note asking her landlord to notice police and her family in Japan.

Landlord Gusti Putu Gede Arsana, 50, who found the body at the rented house in Jl WR Supratman, East Denpasar, at 5.30pm on March 6, said that when he arrived he found the suicide note on the terrace.

“She wrote that the finder should contact the police and her family immediately,” Arsana said.

He had immediately gone inside the house where he found Teremai’s body hanging from a rope. He then told neighbours and the police.

In a statement to police Arsana said he had been worried about the woman’s behaviour for some time. She had once told him she wanted to die in Bali.

He said she had been quite temperamental and often scolded people in Japanese. “It seemed as if she was rather depressed,” he said.

East Denpasar Police chief I Gusti Nyoman Wintara said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Teremai’s death. “There are no signs of violence on the body. We suspect the victim committed suicide due to depression,” he said.

Meanwhile, a 44-year-old man from Banjar Tengah, Negara, hanged himself at home on March 10 apparently depressed over a chronic illness.

The man’s fully clothed body was found by his aunt about 5.30pm. She said the man had been working in Denpasar but had returned home after Galungan late last year because he was ill and had later been admitted to hospital with depression.

Police said doctors from a local clinic who examined the body were satisfied the death was suicide. The body was immediately released to the family for burial.

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