10 Years On: Disaster-Linked Suicides Still Occurring
Tokyo, Feb. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japan continues to see suicides related to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami although nearly 10 years have passed since the disaster, which hit the Tohoku northeastern region hard.
Last year, there were five such suicides, boosting the total number since 2011 to 240, according to the government's 2020 white paper on suicides and other data.
About half of the total occurred in Fukushima Prefecture, which also took a blow from the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 power plant triggered by the quake and tsunami disaster.
In the white paper, suicides linked to the March 2011 disaster are defined as those that happened at evacuation centers or provisional housing for evacuees, those of evacuees and those confirmed to be linked to the disaster through suicide notes or explanations from bereaved families.
In 2011, disaster-linked suicides numbered 55, of which 42 were committed by men and 13 by women. The annual total stood at 24 in 2012 and 38 the next year.