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Japan's suicide rate rises as pandemic bites

Bishops call for fraternity to ease the social isolation that leads many to take their own lives

Japan's suicide rate rises as pandemic bites

Published: December 04, 2020 03:08 AM GMT

Updated: December 04, 2020 03:10 AM GMT

Known for having one of the highest suicide rates in the world, Japan has seen the number of people taking their own lives increase during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The country’s bishops’ conference has called for fraternity to ease social isolation, the main cause of suicide in the East Asian island nation.

Mass unemployment, anxiety and social isolation are believed to be the main drivers for the surge of suicides in Japan. Also triggered by the pandemic, 2,153 Japanese people committed suicide in October.

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In October, suicides by Japanese women increased by 83 percent compared with the same month last year. Young mothers share their deepest struggles via online messaging. Many say they are stressed because they have to raise their kids and have them at home day and night, with some hinting that they even have thoughts of killing their own children.

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