Loneliness and social isolation have been the main reasons behind suicide in Japan. The pandemic loneliness has worsened the situation. In such a situation, the government has deployed the minister under a new exercise.
The Prime Minister of Japan on Friday reinstated the minister in his cabinet for special work. The aim of the government’s exercise is to reduce loneliness and tension among citizens. Significantly, the rate of suicide has increased throughout the country and this is the first time in 11 years that an attempt has been made to reduce the stress and loneliness caused by the epidemic.
Appointment of Minister to remove loneliness in Japan
Due to the strictures to combat the Kovid-19 epidemic, social gathering has been largely restricted in the country. Yoshihide Suga has brought Tetsuishi Sakamoto in his cabinet as a minister. He has been tasked to make coordination between various ministries and agencies. Suga said while reinstating Sakamoto, “Women are especially more prone to segregation and have higher suicide rates. I would like you to look at the cases and come up with a comprehensive strategy to lighten the pressure on the people.”
Will try to reduce tension among citizens
Suga has also included suicide, especially women, as a priority. It is expected that Sakamoto will try to prepare a plan this month to host an emergency forum. Sakamoto told reporters after the meeting that his intention is to promote activities that are determined to prevent loneliness and social isolation. The highest suicide rate was Japan’s main concern. However, there has been a decline in figures during the last decade.
In 2020, 20 thousand 919 Japanese people ended their lives by suicide. The suicide figure recorded an increase of 3.7 compared to 2019. Japan is not the only one to adopt such measures. In 2018, the British government formed a group of ministers to fight loneliness, especially among the elderly. But in Japan the issue is not about age but it affects people between all ages.
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