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A record 269 people received workers’ compensation for mental illness due to hard work in fiscal 2008, up one from the year before, according to a survey released Monday by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

Of them, 66 either committed or attempted suicide. Although that figure fell by 15 from the previous year, it was still the second highest number since the ministry started keeping records. All but four of the 66 were men, and 24 of the total were people in their 50s.

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