Suicide among Japanese children Bee record high during pandemic -media

A boy and a girl wearing protective masks look through the fence of Aomi Urban Sports Park, where 3×3 basketball tournaments are held, a day after the official opening of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO, Oct. 14 (Reuters) – Childhood suicide in Japan are the highest they have been in more than four decades, locally media have reported, citing the country’s Ministry of Education.

When the COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures and disrupted classrooms last year, 415 children According to the Ministry of Education survey, primary to secondary school age children were registered as suicides.

The number is up met almost 100 of last year, the highest ever since record-keep started in 1974, Asahi newspaper reported: on Thursday.

Suicide takes a long time history in Japan as a way of avoiding perceived shame of dishonor, and his suicide rate has been at the top of the group for a long time of Seven nations, but one national effort yielded numbers down met about 40 percent over 15 years, including 10 consecutive years of decline from 2009.

Amid the pandemic, suicides increased in 2020 after a decade of refuses, with the number of women commit suicide in the midst of the emotional and financial voltage caused due to the coronavirus pandemic, although less men took their own lives.

The Ministry of Education said record high of more than 196,127 schools children were absent for 30 days of more, media reported.

The results showed that changes in school and household environments as a result of the pandemic have had a huge impact on children’s behavior, NHK quoted a Ministry of Education as saying official as said.

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Gerry Doyle

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