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Suicides among Japanese children at record high during pandemic -media

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TOKYO, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Child suicides in Japan are the very best they’ve been in additional than 4 a long time, native media have reported, citing the nation’s training ministry.

As the COVID-19 pandemic prompted faculty closings and disrupted lecture rooms final 12 months, 415 children from elementary to high faculty age have been recorded as having taken their very own lives, in response to the training ministry’s survey.

The quantity is up by practically 100 from final 12 months, the very best since record-keeping started in 1974, the Asahi newspaper reported on Thursday.

Suicide has a protracted historical past in Japan as a means of avoiding perceived disgrace or dishonour, and its suicide charge has lengthy topped the Group of Seven nations, however a nationwide effort introduced numbers down by roughly 40 p.c over 15 years, together with 10 straight years of decline from 2009.

Amid the pandemic, suicides elevated in 2020 after a decade of declines, with the variety of girls committing suicide surging amid the emotional and monetary stress brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, though fewer males took their very own lives.

The training ministry stated a record high of greater than 196,127 faculty children have been absent for 30 days or extra, media reported.

The outcomes confirmed that modifications in class and family environments because of the pandemic have had a huge effect on children’s behaviour, NHK quoted an training ministry official as saying.

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Gerry Doyle

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