- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2011

TOKYO (AP) - An annual government report says that the number of Japanese who committed suicide in 2010 fell from the year before but remained above 30,000 for the 13th year in a row.

The National Police Agency report published Thursday says a total of 31,690 people committed suicide in 2010.

That represents a 3.5 percent decrease from the year before.

But the number of people citing grim job prospects in their suicide notes has more than doubled since 2007. About one-third of them were in their 20s, including new graduates seeking jobs.

Japan has long battled a high suicide rate.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has identified jobs and reviving growth as priorities for his administration.

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