Irregular employment and severe job situation are believed to be the major factors for increased suicides in Japan where 30,651 people killed themselves in 2011.
A report released by the National Police Agency on Friday said it was the 14th year in a row that the number of suicides in Japan, having a population of 127 million, exceeding 30,000.
People in their 60s accounted for the largest number at 5,547, followed by people in their 50s at 5,375, and those in their 40s, at 5,053.
There had been a sharp increase in the number of people under 30 who have killed themselves since 2009. As many as 622 people aged 19 or below committed suicide last year, up 70 from 2010. The number of suicides of people in their 20s rose by 64 to 3,304.
The worrying trend was that more young people kill themselves when they fail to find work after graduation, the report quoted by the NHK broadcaster said.
by RTT Staff Writer
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