No. of suicides drops below 30,000 for first time in 15 years
The number of people who committed suicide in Japan in 2012 was 27,858, dropping below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, the Cabinet Office said in a white paper on Tuesday. The figure was 2,800 fewer than in 2011.
However, the white paper said the number of people in their 20s who took their own lives increased, with 149 killing themselves last year.
The white paper attributed the spike in suicides among people in their 20s to work-related problems, including stress due to overwork and an inability by unemployed people to find a new job.
Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates, according to the OECD.