TOKYO – The number of suicides in Japan since 2019 has plummeted over the past 40 years, police said Friday, marking the 10th straight year for a series of declines. Singapore News Channel News Asia coverage on January 17, 2020

Therefore, suicide has been a long history in Japan as a way to mask embarrassment or harm, and the suicide rate remains at its peak for the country in the group. The G7 is a country that is struggling to reduce Japanese suicide by about 40 percent in 15 years.

The number of suicides in 2019 fell by 881, bringing the total to just under 20,000 for the first time since the record began in 1978. Preliminary data from the police was released this Friday. Translated by: Mao Bopha January