Record student suicides in 2008

We all know that suicide is a problem in Japan, but check out these numbers.

A record 972 students, from elementary school age through university level, took their lives in 2008, the highest number since the government began compiling data in 1978. The figure was an increase of 99 over the previous year.

According to an annual government white paper released Tuesday, student suicides rose 11.3 percent from 2007. The number of such suicides has been on the rise since 2003.

Only the pupil-student cohort recorded an increase in suicides in 2008, according to statistics broken down by occupation, such as salaried worker, self-employed or jobless. Overall, there were 32,249 suicides in 2008, down 844 from the year before.

http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-…911180110.html

now that is a BIG number and at an early age.. “sigh”

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