Statistics gathered by the National Police Agency (NPA) showed that in 2012, there were 27,766 people who committed suicide in all of Japan. This figure is 2,885 lower from 2011. This is also the first time that the number of suicides in a year dipped below the 30,000 mark since 1997.
In terms of gender, there were essentially more men who killed themselves than there were women—19,216 men and 8,550 women. Both numbers, however, were an improvement in comparison to the 2011 count; down by 1,739 and 1,146, respectively. In terms of prefecture, Tokyo registered to have had the most suicides at 2,760 recorded deaths, while Tottori had the least suicides at 130.
Unfortunately, the Cabinet Office said that although there were fewer self-inflicted deaths last year, the number of young people who took their lives rose, and have been rising over the past decade, in fact. In 2011, 622 minors took their lives, an increase by 36 in comparison to ten years prior. As regards to those who are in their 20s and 30s, the numbers stood at 3,304 and 4,455, respectively; up by 209 and 833. In August 2012, the government finally made a comprehensive suicide prevention initiative to prevent, among others, suicides caused by bullying.
[via The Republic]