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Japan Records Suicide Surge for Fourth Consecutive Month

Japan’s National Police Agency said that the number of people who committed suicide rose up by 39.9 percent compared to the previous year.

Japan’s National Police Agency said that the number of people who committed suicide rose up by 39.9 percent compared to the previous year.

 On October, there were 2,153 people who took their own lives, which is the highest since 2015, the police said. 

Out of this figure, 851 were women, an increase of 82.6 percent compared to last year, while the majority of those who committed suicide were men with an increase of 21.3 percent. 

According to Japan Suicide Countermeasures Promotion Center, the rising rate could be attributed to “jobless women” and “women living with other people”, suggesting that the pandemic may have taken its toll on vulnerable women.

Tokyo has the most number of suicide cases at 255, followed by Saitama, Kanagawa and Aichi with over a hundred cases each. 

Shimizu Yasuyuki, who leads Lifelink, a nonprofit organization for suicide prevention, says the increase is an emergency. He urged for the analysis of said data to determine causes and address them. 

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