Sep 4, 2014

Japan's suicide rate exceeds world average: WHO report

The suicide rate for Japan is roughly 60 percent higher than the global average, with 18.5 people out of every 100,000 committing suicide in 2012, according to a World Health Organization report released Thursday. The U.N. body’s first-ever report on suicide prevention said an ...

Jun 20, 2014

Education ministry panel to ask schools to probe all students' suicides

An education ministry panel has adopted guidelines obliging schools to investigate all suicides of students around the country. If a child commits suicide, their school should immediately seek information from family members and police, interview all teaching staff and report the initial results to ...

May 20, 2014

Local governments push 'karoshi' bill

More than 100 prefectural and municipal assemblies across Japan are backing a bill now in the Diet that is aimed at preventing “karoshi” (death from overwork) and suicide caused by overwork. The bill stipulates that the country as a whole is responsible for such ...

Jul 9, 2013

Japan suffered 14,192 suicides from January to June

The number of suicides across the nation from January to June fell slightly to 14,192, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Tuesday. The figure was 102 fewer than in the first half of 2012, when the annual number of suicides fell ...

Tepco admits culpability in Fukushima farmer's suicide

Jun 7, 2013

Tepco admits culpability in Fukushima farmer's suicide

Tokyo Electric Power has conceded the Fukushima nuclear meltdown disaster played a part in a farmer’s 2011 suicide, lawyers said Thursday, its first admission of culpability in such a case. The utility has reached an out-of-court settlement with the family of Hisashi Tarukawa, a ...

Jan 18, 2013

Suicides fall under 30,000 for first time in 15 years

The number of suicides last year slipped below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, falling 9.4 percent from 2011 to 27,766, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Thursday. The annual figure remained between 20,000 and 26,000 from 1978 to ...