Jan 20, 2017

Suicides in Japan drop to 22-year low in 2016

The number of suicides in Japan decreased to 21,764 last year — the lowest level in 22 years, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report released Friday. A Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry official attributed the decline to stronger localized efforts after ...

'Pokemon Go' players deter suicides in Fukui

Sep 30, 2016

'Pokemon Go' players deter suicides in Fukui

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Another unintentional side effect of “Pokemon Go” fever has emerged — and it’s not in the form of traffic violations or accidents. Instead, the smartphone app is playing a positive role at one of the nation’s notorious suicide spots, discouraging people from killing themselves. ...

Mar 18, 2016

Suicides fell for sixth year straight in 2015: police

Suicides fell for a sixth consecutive year in 2015, dropping 5.5 percent from the previous year to 24,025, the National Police Agency said Friday. Suicides related to the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis came to 23, up from 22 in 2014, with ...