Japan's suicides down for sixth year in row

The number of suicides in 2015 fell 5.7 per cent from the previous year to 23,971 for the sixth consecutive year of decline, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Friday.

The annual total dropped below 25,000 for the first time in 18 years, the agency said, while 65 people on average killed themselves each day last year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the suicides in 2015 were men, it said.

From 1998 to 2011, more than 30,000 people committed suicides annually, with a peak of 34,427 in 2003. Japan's prolonged economic slumps were mainly deemed responsible for the increases.

Last update: Fri, 15/01/2016 - 10:56

More from World

Sources: Syria regime and opposition pick teams for Astana talks

The Syrian government and opposition have picked their delegations for Russian- and Turkish-sponsored peace talks ...

Low polls, protests plague Trump ahead of divisive inauguration

When Donald Trump places his hand on a Bible once used by Abraham Lincoln to take the presidential oath of office on...

American business group warns against US trade conflict with China

The American Chamber of Commerce in China said Wednesday that Beijing will likely respond if US president-elect...

Obama commutes sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning

US President Barack Obama is commuting the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning for leaking defence documents...

Woman sues Trump for defamation over alleged sexual advances

A former contestant on the reality television show "The Apprentice" on Tuesday filed a defamation lawsuit against US...