Japan’s suicide rate rises 16% in second wave of Covid, study finds

Posted by on January 16, 2021 7:21 am
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Rise in July to October, particularly among women and children, contrasts with decline in first wave

Suicide rates in Japan have risen sharply in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly among women and children, even though they fell in the first wave when the government offered generous handouts to people, a survey found.

The July-October suicide rate rose 16% from the same period a year earlier, a stark reversal of the February-June decline of 14%, according to the study by researchers at Hong Kong University and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

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