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Japan has appointed its first Minister of Solitude after the country’s suicide rate rose for the first time in 11 years during COVID 19 pandemic

According to a report in the Japan Times, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga added a Minister of Solitude to his cabinet earlier this month in an effort to reduce the loneliness and social isolation of its residents as the country faces rising suicide rates

Suga has tasked Minister Tetsushi Sakamoto, who is also responsible for tackling the falling birth rate in the country and revitalizing the regional economy, to oversee the government’s efforts to resolve the problem

“Women are more isolated (than men) and suicides are increasing I hope you will identify issues and promote policy broadly,” Suga Sakamoto said at a press conference on Jan. February, reported the Japan Times

Sakamato said he plans to hold an emergency forum in late February to hear opinions from people affected by loneliness and isolation, “I hope to be able to do activities to prevent social loneliness and isolation and human relationships to protect ”

The number of people suing themselves in Japan rose for the first time in over a decade last year when the pandemic reversed years of strides in combating a persistently high rate of suicide, according to a report by AFP. p>

In January the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare announced that, according to preliminary data, in 2020919 people died from suicide, compared with 3460 deaths from coronavirus in the same period

It is the first year-on-year increase in suicides in more than a decade, with more deaths among women and children in particular

Japan has long had the highest suicide rate in the group of the seven advanced countries, although South Korea has higher numbers regionally.But the government has worked in recent years to better support people with mental health needs

“For suicide in Japan, the ascension was a big event and I think it was a big turning point,” said Michiko Ueda, associate professor of political science at Waseda University in Tokyo who studies suicide in Japan

“The coronavirus is definitely a major factor,” she added, warning, “We can’t deny that the numbers are set to rise again this year” (With a report from AFP)

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