Aokigahara Forest, known as Suicide Forest, on the northwestern flank of Mount Fuji. According to Japan’s health ministry, 19,959 people took their lives last year, down by 881 deaths from 2018. Photo: AFP

Why are Russians twice as likely to kill themselves as Japanese?

  • Fewer than 20,000 people took their own lives in 2019, the lowest total since statistics on the issue were first collected in 1978
  • But there is still work to be done, as Japan still has a higher suicide rate than the likes of Australia, Canada, China and Germany
Topic |   Japan
Aokigahara Forest, known as Suicide Forest, on the northwestern flank of Mount Fuji. According to Japan’s health ministry, 19,959 people took their lives last year, down by 881 deaths from 2018. Photo: AFP
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