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The effectiveness of suicide prevention programs differs depending on region, age and gender, according to a study recently released by the health ministry and the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry.

In a 3½-year project, the two entities implemented more extensive prevention programs in 11 areas known for high suicide rates in Akita, Aomori and Iwate prefectures as well as southern Kyushu. Together, these areas have a total population of 631,133 people.

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