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.

Original/原稿:
自殺者、13年連続で3万人超…政府白書

政府は10日午前、2011年版「自殺対策白書」を閣議決定した。

昨年1年間の全国の自殺者が3万1690人(男性2万2283人、女性9407人)と、13年連続で3万人を超えたことから、菅首相が掲げる「自殺者3万人未満」の目標に向け、地域の実情や各世代が抱える問題などに即した効果的な対策が必要だと指摘している。

白書は、警察庁の統計などを基に「非正規雇用の増大などを背景に、社会で活躍する若年~中堅層の自殺死亡率が上昇傾向にある」と分析。〈1〉職場での心の健康対策の推進〈2〉地域・学校における心の健康作り推進体制の整備〈3〉多重債務、失業者などに対する相談窓口の整備・充実――などに取り組む方針を打ち出した。
(2011年6月10日09時01分 読売新聞)

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