CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 12 August 2017

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Killing off suicide

TOKYO (AsiaNews): The government in what is arguably the world’s capital for youth suicide is setting out to reduce the rate in under 20s by at least 30 per cent.
 
Japan’s youth suicide rate is the highest among the G7 nations and although the number has decreased slightly in recent years, Tokyo is calling for further efforts to stem the flow.
 
For many years the annual average rate stood at more than 30,000, but since 2010 has dropped to nearer 20,000. However, despite the recent trend, suicide remains the highest in the seven most advanced countries.
 
The World Health Organisation puts Japan’s suicide rate at 18.5 per 100,000 people, down from 24.2 two decades ago, compared with 15.1 in France, 13.4 in the United States of America, 7.5 in Britain and 7.2 in Italy.
 
A plan recently released in Tokyo aims to cut the rate by five in a 100,000 by 2025 to 13.5, or 30 per cent less than 2015.
 
Prevention measures in schools spearhead the proposed programme, along with more effective social media monitoring and better education in the area of human relationships.
 
It also stresses the need to improve the work environment, particularly for young apprentices and workers.
 
Recent suicides of an employee at the Dentsu advertising agency and a young construction worker at the National Stadium that is being built as the main venue for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, highlight the need to fight hierarchical harassment in the workplace.

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