I know we don't need more depressing news. This bit seems to be in imminent danger of disappearing, however, so-
Japanese Public Television reported this morning that the suicide rate in Japan was up 18% in May. 3 hours later- the story has vanished from their news feed; though my saved link still worked. Here it is:
Suicides top 3,000 in May
More than 3,200 people killed themselves in Japan last month, exceeding the 3,000 mark for the first time in 2 years.
The National Police Agency says the number of suicides totaled 3,281 in May, up 499, or 18 percent, from a year earlier.
By prefecture, Tokyo topped the list with 325 suicides, followed by 210 in Kanagawa and 206 in Osaka.
In areas hit by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, Fukushima saw an increase of 19 suicides to 68. The figure for Miyagi was unchanged at 50 while Iwate saw a decline of 3 to 32.
Until March, suicides had been on the decline since last year. The government had stepped up prevention measures, including opening numerous counseling counters.
After the disaster in March, however, the figure increased for the next 2 months.
The police agency says it does not know whether the disaster is related to the increase. It says it will make detailed analyses of individual cases in cooperation with the Cabinet Office and other ministries.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 09:46 +0900 (JST)