over the past decade, health ministry statistics show.
Separate ministry data also shows suicide became the top cause of
death for those age 10 to 14 and those age 15 to 19 in 2017,
accounting for 22.9 percent and 39.6 percent of deaths, respectively.
In 2018, suicide was the top cause of death for all demographic
groupings from age 15 to 39.
"Japan is the only
• ggest cause of
death for those age 15 to 34 is suicide," the ministry's white paper
Shimizu, too, voiced concerns over the alarming rate at which young