Stop people from killing themselves. According to official figures, suicides in Japan killed more than 32,000 people last year. Each suicide cost the Japanese government approximately $1,000,000, for a total of $32 billion USD.

The government in Japan says suicides and depression cost its economy almost 2.7tn yen ($32bn; £21bn) last year.

The figures refer to lost incomes and the cost of treatment. It is the first time Japan has released such figures.

Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates, with more than 32,000 people killing themselves last year. PM Naoto Kan sees it as proof of an economic and emotional downturn. (Link)

Despite the poor economy suicides are down 7.4% in the first half of 2010.

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