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Female suicides in Japan rise in 2022 for 3rd straight year

14 March 2023, 12:34
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TOKYO. KAZINFORM The number of women committing suicide in Japan increased for the third straight year in 2022, rising 67 from the previous year to 7,135, government data showed Tuesday, with the upward trend apparently fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, Kyodo reports.

Suicides among boys and girls attending elementary, junior high and high schools rose 41 to 514, topping the previous record high of 499 seen in 2020, the data showed.

Overall, the number of people taking their own lives in Japan increased 874 to 21,881, with male suicides seeing the first increase in 13 years at 14,746 cases, up 807 from the year before.

A total of 17 elementary school pupils, 143 junior high school students and 354 high school students killed themselves in 2022.

The rise in the numbers could be attributable to the lingering impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which began in 2020, said a ministry official working on measures to prevent suicides.

«We will closely monitor the situation and deepen our analysis, including the impact of the coronavirus,» the official said.

The number of suicides per 100,000 people increased to 17.5, up 0.8 from 2021.

Health issues were the most common reasons behind suicides of both sexes, accounting for 12,774 cases, or the majority of suicides last year, followed by family problems at 4,775 and problems related to economic and life issues at 4,697. Employment issues accounted for 2,968.

The data was compiled by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry based on suicide statistics released by the National Police Agency.

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