Tokyo, May 19: Japan instead of being a developed country with a good economy is constantly going through human resource problems. Along with the decline in population, deaths from overwork, now the nation is facing a rise in suicide rate. Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare study has done a comparative study which shows Japan has the worst suicide rates in a developed nation. Annual suicide deaths rate is averaging 19.5 per 100,000 people.
In Asia, Japan came to 2nd place according to the suicide rate. South Korea had the highest rate with 28.5 per 100,000 people. The suicide rate among men was 27.7 and the rate of 11.7 among women. As a developed nation, this is disappointing for Japan. Even in the last report by WHO, among 8 major economies, Japan was second in the list after Russia for high suicide rate.
Since every country has a different socio-economic background, the suicide rates cannot be compared like this. The World Health Organization (WHO)'s first global suicide report compiled in 2014 did not include suicide rate rankings by country. But Japan Health Ministry extracted the rate of developed nations and carried on a comparative study. The cabinet will officially publish the date report for suicide prevention activities.
National Police Agency suicide statistics data shows the suicide rate has decreased gradually after 2003. But the decline is rate much lower in the case of youths aging 20-30. The country needs to track down soon the steps to prevent suicide.