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Post time 2004-6-11 17:27:54 |Display all floors
Record number of Japanese suicides

p>More Japanese committed suicide last year than ever before as poor economic conditions drove greater numbers to end their own lives, the government said.

Suicides rose 7.1 per cent to 32,082 in 2003 from 29,949 the year before, the Health Ministry said. It was the sixth leading cause of death after cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.

Japan's economy has started to rebound in recent years amid rising exports to Asia, but years of sluggish growth have lifted unemployment and forced large numbers into personal bankruptcy.

Suicide was the leading cause of death among men in their 50s, a population segment disproportionately affected by corporate restructuring.

"Men in their 50s are probably the hardest hit by unemployment and economic slump," said Tsutomu Ishiyama, a ministry official in charge of the statistics.

Suicide also was the No 1 cause of death among those in their 20s and 30s, the age groups that are less likely to die from illnesses, he said.

Overall, men accounted for nearly three-quarters of suicides.

11/06/2004 15:03 AEST

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Post time 2004-6-12 00:30:42 |Display all floors

:)

An interesting thing about the Japanese culture is, they like to kill themself. :)

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Post time 2004-6-19 01:09:31 |Display all floors

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interesting news

i humbly ask, what's the msg you're trying to give?  

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