Suicide rate is decreasing in Fukushima

Some people think suicide rate is rocketing in Fukushima, but it’s actually slightly decreasing though prefectural population has been decreasing even since before 311.

Harmful rumor is thought to increase the suicide rate but it seems to have nothing to do with actual rate.

Annual Suicide case

2009 590 people (0.028%)

2010 508 people (0.025%)

2011 502 people (0.025%)

2012     59 people (Jan and Feb)

The percentage is based on the prefectural population of December of that year because population was in decreasing trend.

Suicidal case is from the monthly demographic statistics of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.[Link] Fukushima prefectural population is from their website.[Link]

↓ Monthly suicide case

↓ Monthly suicide rate (%×1,000)

↓ Monthly population of Fukushima prefecture. It is thought that it started decreasing because of 311 but it has been in decreasing trend since before 311. However, the accident accelerated the trend actually.

About this site

This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


July 2012