The suicide rate in Japan has exceeded, and fluctuated by plus minus 5%, above 30000 people for the last 12 years. It is too early to say that suicide prevention methods so far implemented in Jpaan are having any significant effect.
Fewer people commit suicide due to financial problems in 2010
A total of 6,111 suicide victims in Japan last year apparently took their lives due to financial problems or problems affecting their livelihood -- an 11.8 percent drop from the previous year, government data has shown.
Figures compiled by the Cabinet Office's Economic and Social Research Institute showed that a total of 31,282 people in Japan took their lives last year, 4.5 percent fewer than the 32,740 reported last year.
The institute attributed the decline to a drop in the number of middle-aged men hit hard by tough economic conditions. The figures indicate that economic adversity following the Lehman Shock in Japan has been brought under control, resulting in fewer suicides.
Interim figures showing the number of suicides in Japan were released by the National Police Agency in January this year. The Cabinet Office compiled statistics to classify suicides by region and by the victims' job status, among other factors.
Fewer people commit suicide due to financial problems in 2010 - The Mainichi Daily News