Japan reports 3.7% rise in suicide deaths

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Tokyo, Jan. 22, 2021 Japan recorded a record increase in the number of suicide deaths in 2020, the highest since 2009, the country’s health ministry said on Friday, citing the National Police Agency.

The ministry attributed the spike in suicide deaths to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, media reports said on Friday.

According to the NHK broadcaster, 20,919 people took their own lives in 2020, which was an increase of 750 or 3.7 per cent since when the lowest-ever number of suicides per year in Japan was recorded.

Since 2009, the number of suicides in Japan has been declining every year.

According to the data, the number of male suicides last year decreased by 135 and totalled 13,943, while female suicides rose by 885 to 6,976, which was the highest number since 2015.

In addition, the number of child suicides in 2020 was the highest on record and totalled 440 students from elementary, junior high, and high schools.

Japan says the increase in the number of suicides may be due to the changes in the economy and lifestyle that emerged during the spread of Coronavirus infection and subsequent restrictions.

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