COVID-19 pandemic induced loneliness, due to lack of social gatherings has given rise to a variety of suicide instances in Japan. Pandemic-linked isolation has been blamed for the first uptick in Japanese suicides in 11 years.
To counter this downside, Japan has appointed it is first Minister for Loneliness this month after the country’s suicide price elevated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to The Japan Times, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga added a minister of loneliness to his Cabinet earlier this month, following the instance of the UK, which in 2018 turned the first country to create a comparable function.
Recognizing this as a major problem, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday launched a designated cupboard publish to alleviate social isolation.
Tetsushi Sakamoto has been appointed as the first Minister for Loneliness. The new portfolio is along with the cost of combating the nation’s falling delivery price and revitalising regional economies.
In his inaugural press convention, Sakamoto mentioned Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed him to handle nationwide issues ‘together with the situation of the rising girls’s suicide price below the pandemic’, based on CNN.
In Japan, loneliness afflicts not simply the older inhabitants however throughout totally different age teams, together with kids, younger folks, girls and older folks.
After the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995 and the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami of 2011, many older victims had no alternative however to maneuver into momentary housing, the place they later died with no one at their bedside. Such solitary deaths, known as ‘kodokushi‘ in Japanese, have turn into a main public concern in Japan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has solely made issues worse. At current, Japan recorded greater than 426,000 COVID-19 instances and seven,577 deaths, based on knowledge from John Hopkins University.
Japan additionally had the highest suicide price out of any of the Group of Seven main industrial nations, at 14.9 suicides per 100,000 people, based on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.