Of the 33,000 cases of suicides per year, those aged 60 and over account for some 12,000 — or more than one-third of the total. Particularly because of an increasing number of divorces between couples in their later years, there’s a trend toward even greater social alienation.
Akio Doteuchi, a senior researcher at the NLI Research Institute. He said that alienation and health problems are considered the most common causes of suicide. (Shukan Gendai)