health and medicine
Cancer is the most common cause of death among Japanese over the age of 40, while suicide is the leading cause among young adults.
The second most common cause of death was heart disease (excluding hypertension) with 205,518 cases and the third was old age with 132,435 cases. Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Affairs guidelines state that old age should be recorded as the cause when there is no other obvious cause of death and any secondary condition resulting from old age. Cases have been on a downward trend, but since 2005 they have started to rise again.
Deaths from pneumonia decreased by 17,073 from the previous year to 78,445. It is believed that people who wear masks and reduce trips during the Corona pandemic have prevented respiratory diseases other than.
Depending on gender and age, cancer deaths increase with age, peaking at 55-59 years for women and 65-69 years for men. For both men and women, suicide was responsible for a high proportion of deaths between the ages of 15 and 34.
(Originally written in Japanese, translated from English, title image by Pixta)