Japan will conduct a census to find lonely people and help them. This was announced at a press conference in Tokyo by Tetsushi Sakamoto, the head of the Ministry of Regional Development, who was also appointed Minister of Loneliness.
The official said that an entire department will be created in the government office to deal with these problems. They will develop a program of activities, prepare budget requests and directions for the census.
It is noted that this department will not only deal with the problems of people living without a family or a couple. The jurisdiction of the department will also include people with the problem of emotional loneliness, which often leads to suicide.
Earlier it was reported that in the Japanese government the post of Minister of Loneliness appeared for the first time. The problems of lonely residents, according to the general secretary of the Cabinet Katsunobu Kato, worsened in the country during the pandemic. In 2020, the number of suicides in Japan increased for the first time in 11 years, reaching 20,919. According to experts, the lack of employment and the increased burden of childcare and home care increases stress levels during the epidemic.