Tokyo, Jan. 20 (Jiji Press)—The number of people who committed suicide in Japan in 2016 fell 9.4% from the previous year, its fastest decline on record, the health ministry said in a preliminary report Friday.
The report was based on data from the National Police Agency, the ministry said. Final numbers will be released in March.
The annual total stood at 21,764, slipping below 22,000 for the first time in 22 years and marking the seventh straight year of decline.
Women accounted for 6,747, the lowest since the statistics started in 1978 and the fifth consecutive year of decrease.
The number of men who committed suicide last year came to 15,017, falling for seven successive years.
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