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apan records over 32,000 suicides

apan records over 32,000 suicides

More than 32,000 people killed themselves in Japan last year, police reported yesterday, as experts warned that suicides may go up amid the country's worst recession since World War II. Last year's total of 32,249 suicides was 2.6 percent lower than in 2007 amid increased counselling services and other government efforts to deter people from taking their own lives. But suicides rose in the first two months of this year as the global economic slump has hit the Asian powerhouse, squeezing household budgets and leading companies to cut tens of thousands of jobs. "We don't consider the suicide situation to be easing when looking at the data," said Yasuyuki Shimizu of Tokyo based non-profit group Life Link, after the rate topped 30,000 for an 11th straight year.


Updated : 2021-10-21 11:00 GMT+08:00