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Japan Appoints Minister of Loneliness to Curb Suicide Increase

East Asia country, Japan has appointed a Minister of Loneliness to curb the menace of incessant suicide of his citizenry. Creekvibes News Magazine gathered that loneliness and social isolation among residents of the Asia country is the cause of rising suicide rates.

According to The Japan Times, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga created the role in early February, taking after the U.K., which created its own role in 2018.

Tetsushi Sakamoto will take on the role, the Times reported, while also handling the country’s falling birth rates and regional economies.

Figures from the National Police Agency showed that 20,919 people committed suicide in 2020, a 750-person increase from the previous year and the first consecutive rise in suicides in 11 years, the Times reported. According to the outlet, the surge is most noticeable among women and young people.

Suga said to the country’s budget committee earlier this month that people from all walks of life are vulnerable, the Times reported.

The newspaper noted that Japan is familiar with loneliness, as kodokushi, or “lonely deaths,” are common. They involve people dying inside their homes and remaining undiscovered for long periods of time.