Suicides Rise Again in Japan

In Japan, October alone saw more deaths from suicide than COVID-19 deaths for the whole year to date.
The country has long had one of the world’s highest suicide rates, but recent years had seen suicides decline—until the pandemic hit.
In October suicides among women—harder-hit by pandemic layoffs—climbed 83% from the previous year; male suicides rose 22%.
Unlike most other major economies, Japan publishes timely suicide data. The mental health crisis revealed there signals the picture may be even bleaker elsewhere.

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