The number of suicides in Japan in October rose for the fourth consecutive month and reached an all-time high in more than five years, data released on Tuesday showed. According to activists, the increase in the number of suicides is related to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to preliminary police data, the number of suicides in October was 2,153, over 300 more than in September. This is the highest monthly result since May 2015.
In October 851 women took their own lives, an increase of 82.6%. compared to the same month in 2019. The number of suicides by men increased by 21.3%.
According to activists cited by the Reuters agency, the number of suicides steadily decreased until July, but then began to rise when the economic effects of the pandemic began to be felt. Women, in particular, have been hit by job losses, who are more likely to work in temporary work in retail or services.
Japan has the highest suicide rate among the G7 countries.
When the number of suicides in Japan reached 34,427 in 2003, the concerned authorities developed a comprehensive prevention program launched in 2007. By combining government and corporate efforts to identify risk groups, reduce overtime and facilitate counseling, suicide rates dropped to just over 20,000 last year (PAP)