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J-to-E Translation #3: Suicides remained above 30,000 last year. 
Sunday March 8th, 2009 17:28
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Suicides (in Japan) remained above 30,000 last year. Number increased by 86 people to 1726 in Hokkaido.

It was reported on the 5th that the number of suicides committed nationally last year will be above 30,000 people, making the number consistant with the previous year. The number was derived by Kyodo News by compiling provisional numbers provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and the Prefectural Police Departments. The National Police Agency's total suicide numbers have remained above 30,000 people since 1998. The lastest numbers will make it 11 straight years that the number of suicides committed nationally has been above 30,000 people.

While the effects of the recession that began last fall cannot be seen in the numbers, officials believe that the numbers will rise because "it can take a number of months before the lives of the unemployed become difficult." in 2007 the government laid out an "Outline of Comprehensive Anti-Suicide Measures," which aimed to lower the suicide rate (suicides per 100,000 people per year) by over 20% in 10 years. The government will likely will be forced to further strengthen its measures in order to meet that goal.

On the same day, the National Police Agency announced that 2645 people committed suicide in January. This marks the first time the National Police Agency has announced monthly statistics on suicide. The National Police Agency hopes that the increased availability of suicide statistics, in accordance with the ”Outline," will help plan suicide prevention measures. Compared to the previous January, the number of suicides rose by 340 people, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's population movement statistics.

According to the numbers compiled by Kyodo News, there were approximately 32,000 suicides last year. The official number, to be announced by the National Police Agency, is expected to be slightly higher. In the end, it is expected to be similar to the previous year's number at approximately 33,000 suicides.

According to the regional numbers, suicides in Hokkaido increased by 86 people for a total of 1726 suicides. Suicides in Nagano prefecture also increased by over 80 people. On the other hand, suicides decreased by approximately 120 people in Hyogo Prefecture, and over 100 people in Ibaragi Prefecture.

 地域別では、北海道は千七百二十六人と八十六人増え、長野県とともに八十人以上の増加。埼玉県でも約七十人増加した。反対に兵庫県では約百二十人、茨城県で百人以上減少した。

自殺者数 昨年も3万人超 北海道、86人増1726人
(03/05 18:31、03/06 07:05更新)
http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/society/151004_all.html

 全国の昨年一年間の自殺者数は三万人を超え、ほぼ前年並みになる見通しであることが五日、分かった。警視庁と道府県警が調べた暫定値を共同通信が集計した。警察庁の自殺者数統計は一九九八年以来三万人を上回っており、十一年連続となることが確実になった。

 昨秋以降の金融危機による不況の影響は数字からは読み取れないが、関係機関は「失職者が数カ月たってから生活に行き詰まることもある」として増加を警戒。二〇〇七年に「自殺総合対策大綱」を決定、人口十万人当たりの自殺者数を示す自殺率を十年間で二〇%以上減少させる目標を掲げた政府は一層の対策強化を迫られそうだ。

 一方、警察庁は同日、今年一月の自殺者数は二千六百四十五人だったと発表した。月別の公表は初めてで、「大綱」に基づき統計資料を活用、自殺抑止の対策づくりに役立てるのが目的。厚生労働省の人口動態統計による前年一月と比べると三百四十人増加している。

 共同通信集計によると、昨年の自殺者数は約三万二千人。警察庁の最終発表ではさらに若干増加し、最終的には約三万三千人だった前年と同程度になるとみられる。
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