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In an alarming set of numbers, data from the National Police Agency shows that 6,976 women in Japan took their own lives last year. That’s nearly 15% more than in 2019, marking the end of what had been a 10-year decline in the number of women who died by suicide.

This news comes as a particular concern to Vickie Skorji, director of the multilingual crisis hotline and mental health service TELL.

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