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Why did Japan appoint ‘Minister of Loneliness’?

Loneliness | Japan
Loneliness | Japan

To take try and reduce loneliness and social isolation among its residents as the country deals with rising suicide rates

In 2020, suicide rates in Japan rose for the first time in 11 years, particularly among women

More people died from suicide in Japan in October than the total number of COVID-19 deaths up to that point in 2020.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed Tetsushi Sakamoto, who is already a minister in charge of dealing with Japan’s declining birthrate and promoting regional revitalization

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