Suicides of School Students Hit Record in Japan in 2020

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Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)--The number of elementary, junior high and high school students who killed themselves in Japan hit a record high of 479 in 2020, up sharply from 339 the previous year, amid the new coronavirus epidemic, the education ministry said Monday.

Notably, the number of suicide cases among female high school students nearly doubled from the previous year to 138.

The ministry will carry out a detailed analysis to see whether the virus epidemic has had an impact on the rise in suicide cases among students.

The figure, which is based on the health ministry’s statistics on suicides, was reported at a meeting of an expert panel for preventing suicides among students.

Of the total, suicides of elementary school students came to 14, up from six in 2019, while those of junior high school students stood at 136, up from 96, and of high school students at 329, up from 237.

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