Suicides in Japan Top 30,000 for the 13th Consecutive Year; Government Ponders Prevention Policy

Suicidies in Japan Top 30,000 for the 13th Consecutive Year; Government Ponders Prevention Policy
Yomiuri Shimbun: 自殺者、13年連続で3万人超…政府白書
June 10, 2011

On the morning of the 10th, the Japanese government released its annual white paper on suicide prevention.

Last year, there were 31,690 suicides: 22,283 by men and 9407 by women. The national total topped 30,000 for the 13th consecutive year. The Kan government aims to bring next year’s total below that level; it said a quick and effective response is necessary for a problem that affects every region and age group.

According to police statistics and analysis, “the suicide rate is increasing among young and middle class people who play active roles in society but who are experiencing increasingly abnormal employment conditions.” The government proposed the following three solutions, among others: (1) push for pro-emotional health policies in the workplace; (2) provide emotional health programs in schools and community centers; (3) provide counseling stations for people with heavy debts and unemployment.




(2011年6月10日09時01分 読売新聞)

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