Jul 16, 2019
TOKYO - School-related matters led to more suicides last year among youth aged 10 to 19 than any other issue, the Japanese government said Tuesday in its annual paper on the topic.
Of 568 people in that age bracket who died by suicide last year, 188 had cited school-related issues, followed by health problems at 119 and family issues at 116, according to the 2019 white paper on suicide prevention measures.
The results, which included cases of multiple identified motives as written in suicide notes or elsewhere, underscores that school affairs play a key role in the livelihood of young people.
While the overall number of suicides in Japan fell for the ninth consecutive year to 20,840 in 2018, the figure for those aged 10 to 19 has been roughly flat since 1998.
In the paper, the government said it is necessary to verify the effects of suicide prevention steps and review them while closely monitoring the situation of the youth.
Among suicides in Japan by people of all ages, the most common motive was health-related, followed by economic and livelihood issues and family matters.
The rate of suicide per 100,000 people stood at 16.5 last year, the lowest since comparable data became available in 1978. Under comprehensive measures against suicides adopted in 2017, the government aims to reduce the rate to 13 or less by 2026.
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