Japanese authorities announced a record increase in the number of suicides among students during the 2020 school year.
The authorities recorded 415 suicides among students of various educational levels, most of them in high school, an increase of 100 cases over the 2019 academic year.
The Ministry of Education expressed its regret over the increase, noting that it will encourage students to seek support and assistance.
Suicides committed by high school girls particularly surged to 140 from 80.
Suicides were almost unchanged between January and May, a period covering much of the first wave of the pandemic in the country and the first COVID-19 state of emergency.
Childline Support Center Japan, a Tokyo-based organization running a network of helplines for young people up to 18 years old, said parents and teachers must increase efforts to look after children who have grown vulnerable as home environments become more stressful during the coronavirus pandemic.