• Kyodo News


Suicides eased to 31,690 last year but stayed above the 30,000 mark for the 13th year running, meaning an average of nearly 90 people took their lives each day, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

While the rate is down 3.5 percent from 2009, the number who killed themselves because they couldn’t find a job jumped 19.8 percent to 424.

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