Japan’s suicides

Some good – and bad – news about Japan’s suicide rate.

Overall, the suicide figures dropped in 2017 by 3.5%, according to the country’s National Police Agency, the eighth successive year the figures were lower. 21,140 Japanese killed themselves last year, with men more than twice as likely to do it than women.

But the suicide rate rose for one category – young people, those 19 and below. This went up by 6% compared to 2016: a total of 516 minors committed suicide last year.