Japanese Government Appoints "Minister Of Loneliness"

Japan's new Loneliness minister Sakamoto said that he was gearing up to hold an emergency meeting of experts, policymakers, and would hear concerns from people dealing with loneliness and isolation.

Others/World   |   24 Feb 2021 8:09 AM GMT / Updated : 2021-02-24T17:07:13+05:30
Writer : Yamini | Editor : Prateek Gautam | Creatives : Rajath
Japanese Government Appoints Minister Of Loneliness

By taking the first substantial step to tackle a widespread problem of 'loneliness', gradually leading to suicidal deaths, the Japanese government has appointed a minister of loneliness. Tetsushi Sakamoto has been anointed with this responsibility.

Sakamoto is also in charge of the nation's falling birth rate and revitalising regional economies.

Giving extra space in the cabinet for 'loneliness' may sound conspicuous but Japan is not the first country to do so. The United Kingdom was the first country to appoint a loneliness minister in 2018, since then the UK has gone through three loneliness ministers. Three years ago, Australia also considered a similar position.

The COVID pandemic also brought mental health problems along with it. The norms of social distancing have isolated people more than ever, leading to a rise in suicides for the first time in 11 years. Unfortunately, by October 2020, more people had died due to suicides than COVID-19 in Japan, the Japanese National Police Agency told the Insider.

According to the Japan Times, in a press conference on February 12, the Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga told Sakamoto: "Women are suffering from isolation more than men are, and the number of suicides is on a rising trend. I hope you will identify problems and promote policy measures comprehensively."

Notably, Japanese women's contribution to suicidal deaths is worrying. In October 2020, 879 women committed suicide, a significant increase of 70 per cent compared to the same month in 2019.

A Japanese professor who studies suicide in Japan told the BBC, "A lot of women are not married anymore meanwhile in order to support their livelihood they don't have permanent jobs. So when something happens, of course, they are hit very very hard."

Japan's new Loneliness minister Sakamoto said that he was gearing up to hold an emergency meeting of experts, policymakers, and would hear concerns from people dealing with loneliness and isolation.

Also Read: UP: Missing College Student Found With Severe Burns Along Highway Near Shahjahanpur

Suggest a correction

    Help Us Correct

    To err is human, to help correct is humane
    Identified a factual or typographical error in this story? Kindly use this form to alert our editors
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Form Submitted Successfully
    Error in submitting form. Try again later

Contributors

Yamini

Yamini

(Remote Intern)

Prateek Gautam

Prateek Gautam

Digital Editor

A free soul who believes that journalism, apart from politics, should stand for social cause and the environment.

Rajath

Rajath

Creative Producer

A free spirit who find meaning in life with the virtue of creativity and doing job par its excellence, animal lover and traveller by heart.

Next Story