Japan Appoints ‘Minister of Loneliness’ Due To High Rates Of Suicide

Japan appointed a “Minister of Loneliness” in February to tackle mental health issues in the country.

In 2020, there was an increase in the numbers of suicide cases in Japan for the first time in 11 years, especially among the feminine gender.

Reports say more people died in Japan as a result of suicide in October than the total number of Covid-19 deaths in 2020.

However, in an attempt to curb mental health crisis and social isolation among citizens of the country, Prime minister Yoshihide Suga appointed Tetsushi Sakamoto to attend to policies to tackle loneliness and isolation, earlier this month.

Although the minister is already in the position of tackling Japan’s slumping birthrate and promoting regional revitalization.

“Women are suffering from isolation more (than men are), and the number of suicides is on a rising trend,” Suga told Sakamoto on a news conference in Feb 12, declaring openly the new position, according to the Japan Times. “I hope you will identify problems and promote policy measures comprehensively.”

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