The number of suicides recorded in Japan for 2004 was 32,325. This is a decrease from the record high of 34,427 suicides in 2003.
The number of self-killings has increased among members of Japan's military - the Self-Defense Forces (SDF)- who are now involved in peace-keeping operations in Iraq.
There has also been a rise to 55 in the number of group suicides among young people who have contacted each other through Internet suicide web sites.
The majority of people who take their own lives are over 40, male and unemployed.
Over 1 million people commit suicide annually and Japan leads the world in deaths per 100,000 of the population.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2005