In Japan, more people died as a result of suicides than from complications of coronavirus disease in 2020.
In Japan, the number of suicides among women only increased by 83% last month compared to the same period a year earlier. This was reported by CNN citing data from the National Police Department of Japan.
In October, the monthly suicide rate in Japan rose to 2153. The local Ministry of Health reports that as of Friday, November 27, the total number of Covid-19 deaths in Japan was 2087.
“We didn’t even have a quarantine, and the influence of Covid is very minimal compared to other countries… but still we see such a large increase in suicide rates. This suggests that other countries may see similar or even greater increases in suicide rates in the future,” said Michiko Ueda, associate professor of suicide at Waseda University.
Women were the hardest hit during the pandemic, and the number of suicides is increasing. In October, the number of suicides among them in Japan increased nearly 83 percent compared to the same month the previous year. Over the same period, suicide rates among men increased by nearly 22 percent.
According to researchers, the reason for the increase in suicide rates is the fact that women make up a larger proportion of those employed in hotels, catering and retail, where layoffs during the pandemic were significant.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Japan has long struggled with one of the highest suicide rates in the world. In 2016, Japan’s suicide mortality rate was 18.5 per 100,000, second only to South Korea.