The National Police Agency said Tuesday that the number of suicides in Japan in 2011 surpassed 30,000 for the 14th year in a row.
Last year, 30,513 people took their own lives, which was 1,177 fewer than in 2010. Of the total, 20,867 were men and 9,646 were women, the NPA said.
May saw the highest number at 3,367. The NPA said the three disaster-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima actually saw a decline in the number of people who took their own lives, compared to 2010.source