A volunteer responds an incoming call at the Tokyo Befrienders call centre, a Tokyo suicide hotline. Photo: Reuters A volunteer responds an incoming call at the Tokyo Befrienders call centre, a Tokyo suicide hotline. Photo: Reuters
A volunteer responds an incoming call at the Tokyo Befrienders call centre, a Tokyo suicide hotline. Photo: Reuters
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Suicides in Japan up for first time in 11 years, as coronavirus stress hits women harder

  • Japan reported 20,919 people died by suicide in 2020, up 3.7 per cent from the previous year, with 14 per cent more suicides recorded among women
  • The country had worked to reduce its suicide rate, but the Covid-19 pandemic increased factors like economic hardship, stress, abuse and extra burdens

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A volunteer responds an incoming call at the Tokyo Befrienders call centre, a Tokyo suicide hotline. Photo: Reuters A volunteer responds an incoming call at the Tokyo Befrienders call centre, a Tokyo suicide hotline. Photo: Reuters
A volunteer responds an incoming call at the Tokyo Befrienders call centre, a Tokyo suicide hotline. Photo: Reuters
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