Suicides in Japan are on the rise for the first time in 11 years, also driven by the rise in the number of women who took their own lives during the pandemic. This is what emerges from a report published by the government, which highlights the greater vulnerability of people who have lost their jobs during the health emergency.
Out of a total of 21,081 suicides in 2020, 7,026 women were women: 15.4% more than the previous year. In attempting to interpret the reasons for the phenomenon, the investigation focused on the labor status of the victims. In fact, suicides linked to job loss recorded an increase of 34.8%. In addition, more women than men turned to support associations on social media complaining of the instability of the work situation.
According to the statistics of the Ministry of Labor, updated in September, 54% of women employed in the country had a contract or part-time job, compared to 21% of men. “Workers who are not in regular employment are more susceptible to the repercussions caused by the pandemic, which cause major repercussions on physical and mental health,” said a spokesman for the ministry.
The rise in suicides also affects elementary and middle school students, with 1,039 cases in 2020, the highest level since the start of statistics in 1978.