People wearing face masks walk across a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo. Women in their 20s accounted for the largest increase in suicides amid the pandemic, the Japanese study found. Photo: AP
People wearing face masks walk across a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo. Women in their 20s accounted for the largest increase in suicides amid the pandemic, the Japanese study found. Photo: AP
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Suicides surged in Japan amid the Covid-19 pandemic, study finds

  • Women in their 20s accounted for the largest increase in suicides relative to what would have occurred otherwise, the University of Tokyo study found
  • Economic hardship is believed to be one of the major drivers of suicides in Japan, as deaths tend to increase when the unemployment rate rises

People wearing face masks walk across a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo. Women in their 20s accounted for the largest increase in suicides amid the pandemic, the Japanese study found. Photo: AP
People wearing face masks walk across a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo. Women in their 20s accounted for the largest increase in suicides amid the pandemic, the Japanese study found. Photo: AP
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