National Police Agency statistics released Tuesday revealed that the number of mountain-climbing incidents this summer was the highest since records began in 1968.
According to the National Police Agency, the number of incidents occurring on mountains this year between July and August reached an all-time high of 552. Of those, the NPA noted that 36 people were reported dead or missing this summer, 25 less than last year, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The statistics also showed that around 70% of the incidents involved people aged 40 or over. Most of the reported incidents occurred on the Hotaka mountain range in Nagano and Gifu prefectures, which accounted for 43 people. The next highest was Mt Fuji, on which 42 people required rescue.
The NPA urged the public to make adequate preparations, consider their physical limits and make mountain-climbing plans appropriate to their individual level of skill and physical fitness in an attempt to minimize future emergencies. The agency also warned climbers not to underestimate weather conditions.© Japan Today