Suicides, depression cost Japanese economy 2.7 trillion yen in 2009 - The Mainichi Daily News
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Suicides, depression cost Japanese economy 2.7 trillion yen in 2009
Suicides and loss of employment due to depression cost the national economy almost 2.7 trillion yen in 2009, according to a Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare study released Sept. 7.
The study was presented to the government's suicide prevention measures committee by labor minister Akira Nagatsuma.
This is the first time such a project has been conducted in Japan, though a similar study was held in Britain in 1998 and resulted in major improvements to the public health system's suicide prevention strategies. Nagatsuma was familiar with the results of the British research and directed the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research to undertake the study.