Japan Appoints Minister Of Loneliness Following The COVID 19 Lockdown In The Country

Date: 23-02-2021 6:55 pm (3 months ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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Japan becomes the first country in the world to appoint a minister for lonely people in the country.
This move comes after the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic was laid bare in the country. In October, more people died from suicide than had died from COVID-19 in Japan in all of 2020 so far. There were 2,153 suicide deaths that month and 1,765 total virus deaths up to the end of October 2020, per the Japanese National Police Agency. Loneliness has long been an issue in Japan, often discussed alongside "hikikomori," or people who live in extreme social isolation. People have worked to create far-ranging solutions to this issue. Engineers in Japan previously designed a robot to hold someone's hand when they're lonely.
The United Kingdom was the first country to appoint a loneliness minister in 2018, after a 2017 report found that more than nine million people in the UK said they often or always felt lonely. Australia has considered creating a similar position.


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