The Tokyo government’s Cabinet Office has revealed the results of a survey showing that one in four Japanese adults has had thoughts of suicide, with young people being the most prone demographic. The office officials believe that this serves as a reflection on the current economy and the great difficulty in finding jobs, with the only increase being temporary work, as well as a lack of personal connections.
There were 2,017 responses to the January survey, all from people 20 years old or above. 23.4% said that at least one point they had considered suicide, an increase of 4.3% from the only previous survey, which was in 2008. Women made up much more of those then men, with 27.1% and 19.1%, respectively. People in their 20’s made up the largest age bracket of those with suicidal thoughts, with 28.4% of the replies, and 36.2% of those people said they had considerations within the last year. For the remaining ages, people in their 30’s made up 25% of the respondents, 27.3% were in their 40’s, 25.7% were in their 50’s, 20.4% were in their 60’s, and those that were 70 or older made up 15.7% of respondents.
When asked what helped them overcome their considerations, or improve their conditions, 38.8% replied that it was their feelings for people closest to them, such as family members, friends, and coworkers. Another 38.6% said they tried to focus their time and energies on their work lives or hobbies and activities that they enjoyed. The remaining 18% responded that their strategy was to take as much time off as possible.
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