Japan's government has set a goal of cutting suicide rates by 30 percent over the next decade.
The Cabinet approved new guidelines on comprehensive measures to prevent suicide on Tuesday.
Government statistics show that 21,897 people took their own lives last year. The figure is declining but remains higher than rates in industrialized countries such as the United States and Britain. The number of people who committed suicide represented 18.5 people out of every 100,000 in 2015.