The Japanese government has appointed Tetsushi Sakamoto (Economic Revitalization Minister , Japan) as the Minister of Loneliness to handle the increase in suicide rate in Japan. Due to novel corona virus pandemic, Japan was also under lock-down for a long period like other countries. The isolation has hit the Japanese so hard that suicide rates in the country has increased for the first time in 11 years.

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loneliness kills – japan fight against it | Photo by GETTY IMAGES

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga¬† said: “Women are suffering from isolation more (than men are), and the number of suicides is on a rising trend. I hope you (Tetsushi Sakamoto) will identify problems and promote policy measures comprehensively. I hope to carry out activities to prevent social loneliness and isolation and to protect ties between people”.

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