Japan has seen an increase in the number of suicides since the summer, particularly among women and young people. With the Japanese economy sinking deeper into the crisis every day, associations leading the fight against suicide are calling for more support measures for people in precariousness.
The number of suicides in Japan reached 1,805 cases in September, an increase of 8% compared to the same period in 2019, revealed the public channel NHK October 12. In August, the Japanese police had already recorded 1,854 suicides, an increase of 15%, recalls the newspaper Mainichi.
According to statistics published by the police and the Ministry of Health, the phenomenon mainly affects women, with a 27.5% increase in the number of suicides, when the toll for men remains stable. There is also a marked increase in the number of cases among young people under the age of 29 between August 2018 and August 2019, with a 45% increase in men in this age category and 77% in women.
If the phenomenon worries the Japanese authorities, it is because the number of suicides has been declining overall since 2003, when the unemployment rate reached 5% and 34,447 people killed themselves in the country.
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