Saturday, February 27, 2021

Covid: How has the suicide rate among women in Japan increased?


  • Par Rupert Wingfield-Hayes
  • BBC News, Tokyo

Japan reports suicides faster and more accurately than anywhere else in the world. Unlike most countries, they are compiled here at the end of each month. During the Covid pandemic, the numbers revealed a troubling story.

In 2020, for the first time in 11 years, the suicide rate increased in Japan. Even more surprisingly, while male suicides declined slightly, rates among women jumped almost 15%.

In just one month, in October, the female suicide rate in Japan jumped more than 70% from the same month the previous year.

What is going on ? And why does the Covid pandemic seem to hit women so much harder than men?



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