Japan Aiming for 30% Cut in Suicide Rate by 2026 (News)


Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government said Tuesday it will aim to lower the country's suicide rate, currently the worst among the Group of Seven advanced nations, by at least 30% by 2026 to levels equivalent to those in its G7 peers.

The target is included in the government's new five-year guidelines for suicide prevention, adopted at the day's cabinet meeting.

In Japan, the number of people who committed suicide last year decreased for the seventh straight year to stand below 22,000 for the first time in 22 years.

But the government stressed in the new guidelines that the country remains in "a state of emergency," partly because minors who kill themselves have not decreased and suicide is still the leading cause of death for people in their twenties and thirties. It thus worked out measures for preventing young people from committing suicide.

In 2015, the suicide rate, or the number of suicides per 100,000 people, stood at 18.5 in Japan, higher than 7.2-15.1 for other G7 countries. The government aims to bring down the figure to 13.0 or lower by 2026.

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