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Big Male Suicide Increase in Okinawa

Date Posted: 2000-11-23

The suicide rate for men in Okinawa is the second highest this year, compared to other prefectures in Japan. The male suicide rate per 100,000 people has increased 1.5 times compared to 20 years ago. Then it ranked 35th among the prefectures..

The suicide rate in the 50-60 age group is especially high and the reason for the dramatic increase is thought to be a combination of low income and high unemployment. However, the suicide rate for women in Okinawa has decreased compared to 20 years ago. It was the lowest then and still was in 1995.

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