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According to a report, 45% of young people in Japan had suicidal thoughts.

According to a survey, nearly half of Japan’s youth have had suicidal thoughts.

According to a survey by the Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation, the nation, whose population fell by 556,000 in 2022 from a year earlier to 124.9 million, has at least “one in two young people” who have suicide ideas.

Suicide has been the main cause of mortality for young people in Japan in 2019, 2020, and 2021, according to the health ministry.

The survey results were released on Thursday by Kyodo News. “Of 14,555 people aged 18 to 29 surveyed…, 44.8 percent had experienced suicidal ideation in the face of troubles, such as difficult relationships with people close to them, bullying, and worry about future educational or career paths,” the survey said.

Nearly 40% of the young people who made up the 44.8 percent “had attempted suicide or taken some steps toward preparing to kill themselves.”

The poll discovered that trauma, such as that caused by sexual assault and bullying, played a significant effect and, when combined, enhanced the risk of such thoughts.

Despite the troubling trend of rising suicide ideation among its youth, Japan has had a record population decline of more than 0.5 million in 2022, making it the country’s 12th year in a row.

In the meantime, according to official statistics made public on Thursday, the number of children in Japan under the age of 14 “fell for the 42nd consecutive year to hit a new record low… to 14.35 million as of April 1, down by around 300,000 from a year earlier.”

Foreigners are included in this age group.

According to government figures released last month, the country’s overall population decreased by 556,000 from a year earlier to 124.9 million in 2022, with Japanese citizens experiencing the greatest decline ever.

As of October 1st, 124,9 million people, including foreign immigrants, lived there. The number of Japanese citizens had decreased by 750,000 to 122 million, the highest percentage drop since comparable figures were first made available in 1950.

According to the frightening trend, Tokyo urgently needs to build a social system to address the combined problem of a dropping birthrate and an aging population.

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said that, except for Tokyo, every one of Japan’s 47 provinces saw a decline in residents in the year leading up to October of last year.

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