Japan Sees Rise in Number of Suicides Among Working Women Last Year

People wearing protective masks amid the COVID-19 outbreak make their way at a shopping district in Tokyo on Sept. 9, 2021. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/ TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY via Reuters)

Suicides among working women in Japan rose about 30 percent during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, with approximately 1,698 women committing suicide last year, compared with an annual average of 1,323 between 2015 and 2019, a government white paper revealed on Nov. 2.

highest rate of suicide among working women was among “employees who worked in offices, provided health care, or furnished other kinds of services,” according to the report, which was quoted by聽 Japan Pezou.

welfare ministry stated that “changes in the working environments among non-regular workers” and “relations with others at work” were cited as possible reasons for the women’s suicides.

Part-time employees were deemed to be the most vulnerable group when the country鈥檚 working environment deteriorated due to the lockdowns.

ministry and the National Police Agency are expected to investigate whether people who died by suicide were full-time or part-time workers from next year to determine the reasons behind suicides among working people, it said.

overall number of suicides in Japan soared to 21,081, which is 4.5 percent higher than in 2019.

Of the figures, the number of men who committed suicide dropped to 14,055, marking the 11th consecutive year of decline.

A total of 7,026 women committed suicide last year, which is an increase of 15.4 per cent from the previous year, marking the first rise in two years.

Suicides among unemployed women and homemakers declined from the average of the past five years, while those involving employed women and female students increased.

number of women who committed suicide due to work-related problems increased by 34.8 percent, with changes in working conditions reportedly accounting for 98.3 percent of the instances.

Among men, the number declined for both those who are employed and unemployed.

Suicides among women increased among those aged 19 and younger, those aged 20 to 39, and those aged 40 to 59. For men, the number increased among those aged 19 and under.

Meanwhile, the white paper revealed that the number of women who turned to social media to seek advice about suicidal thoughts was higher than men.

It states that two nonprofit groups that set up online contacts for individuals affected by the pandemic provided 8,262 consultations last year, and that 80 percent of the 7,558 cases where the gender of the person was known were women.

Japan reported 1,038 suicides among students in 2020, of which 499 cases involved elementary to senior high school students.

ministry said that suicides among school-age students tend to climb when schools resume.

Pezou : Japan Sees Rise in Number of Suicides Among Working Women Last Year