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Suicide rate rises in Japan; Okinawa also feels impact

Date Posted: 2010-05-21

The economy and lost jobs are reported behind a total of 32,845 people taking their own lives in Japan in 2009, an increase of 596 people. In Okinawa 406 people took their own lives in 2009.

Suicides have been increasing over the past 12 years, says the National Police Agency. Some 65.3% of those leaving suicide notes behind said the loss of a job was the motive. Another 34.3% of those choosing suicide said life was too hard with the state of the economy and lack of a job.

The Policy Agency report studied the suicide averages per 100,000 population, and noted that 24.1% of suicides were by people aged 20-30. Some 26.2% of suicides were 30-40 years of age. The numbers increase to the highest level, 38.5%, in the 50-60 years old age group, and one-third of the suicides were at the hands of people 60-70.

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