According to the totals from 2004 there were 32,325 suicides. 2,102, or 6.1 percent less than 2003. That was the year Japan reached an all-time high of 34,427 suicides according to the National Police Agency.
Health problems was the most common reason of suicide in 2004 with 14,786, or 45.7 percent of the victims. The next was financial difficulties, with 7,947, or 24.6 percent. Family troubles came next with 2,992, or 9.3 percent of the victims.
Those who committed suicide with others they met through the Internet increased from 34 in 2003 to 55 in 2004. Most of the people committing suicide were unemployed (47.8%). Males accounted for 70% of suicides with 23,272 victims.