Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / JAPAN

Hotline Reports Record Number of Suicide Calls

July 11, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A Tokyo telephone counseling hotline said it received the largest number of suicide-related calls in its 30-year history last year.

The service, called Phone of Life, said it received 1,971 calls in the year ended March 31, the most since the service began in 1971 and a rise of 453 from the previous year.

A record 33,048 people killed themselves in Japan in 1999, the latest year for which figures are available. Debt or job loss was blamed for about 20% of the suicides.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|