Suicides hit 21,000 in 2017, down for 8th consecutive year via The Japan News

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of people who committed suicide in the nation in 2017 dropped by 576, or 2.6 percent, from the previous year to 21,321, down for the eighth consecutive year, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a revised report on Friday.

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Suicides due to reasons associated with the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant increased by four to 26, including 12 in Fukushima Prefecture, seven in Iwate Prefecture and five in Miyagi Prefecture.

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