Japan has registered a marked increase in the number of suicides recorded last year, mainly as a result of a peak of self-inflicted deaths among female workers and students, according to a report from the country’s Ministry of Health that it had access the Kyodo agency.
According to the document, one of the main causes of this trend could have been the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the work environment.
It is detailed that during that period 21.081 people took their own lives in the Japanese country, 912 more than the previous year. This figure meant an increase for the first time since 2009.
The largest increase occurred among working women, which could be explained by a greater exposure of women to the consequences of the pandemic.
According to the report, Japanese women tend to belong more to the sector of precarious jobs, especially in retail or services, an area that represents close to two-thirds of all jobs lost in Japan during 2020.
Second, the increase in suicides affected female students, something that the authors of the report link to the reopening of schools after a prolonged period of closure due to the pandemic and the summer holidays. Although the reasons why the phenomenon affected more women in the student population are not specified.
Finally, it is reported that the number of suicides between males, generally speaking, continues descending for 11 consecutive years.
According he knew Bloomberg, the report – an internal document of the Ministry of Health – was presented during a closed-door meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and cannot be officially published until November of this year.
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