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Employers must help cut Japan's suicide rate

Companies should tackle overwork and boost in-house mental health care

| Japan
Japan needs to more to reduce work-related suicide, which remains high despite recent improvement.

Japan is well known for having one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world. It is less often noted that numbers have been falling dramatically in recent years, with a 38% plunge from their peak in 2003 to 21,321 cases last year.

Economic recovery from the post-bubble crisis does not alone explain the phenomenon. The government deserves credit for consistent steps to reduce suicide, especially as this is the week of World Suicide Prevention Day, established 15 years ago by the World Health Organization.

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