Suicide in Japan continues to be an alarming reality. Once again Japan registered more than 30,000 suicides committed in 2011. Suicides in the country have exceeded 30,000 for the past 13 years.
The National Police Agency (NPA) said the figures reached 30, 513 in 2011 a decline of 1,177 from 2010. While the number dropped, this is the 14th year that the rate tops more than 30,000, hence, still poses as a significant national problem. Out of this number, 20,000 were men and 9,600 were women.
As reported by NHK, Tokyo has 3,100 cases of suicide,Osaka with about 1,900, Kanagawa with more than 1,800 and Saitama has an estimated 1,600 incidences.Tokushima has the lowest number of suicides with 150.
Japan has one of the highest incidences of suicide in the world. Common factors contributing to Japanese claiming their own lives are unemployment, depression and social pressures.
In the wake of the tumultuous March 11 earthquake and tsunami, statistics showed that areas badly hit by the catastrophe had suicide rates soaring last year. In Miyagi Prefecture in particular, the suicide rate rose to 39%.