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The government on Tuesday approved a plan seeking a 30 percent reduction in the number of suicides over the next decade, calling the nation’s suicide rate “critical.”

The national guideline, reviewed for the first time in five years, aims to cut the number of suicides per 100,000 people from 18.5 in 2015 to 13 by 2025 — a level similar to the United States and Germany.

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