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Japan Appoints ‘Loneliness Minister’ Due to Rising Pandemic Suicides, Especially Among Women

Loneliness Minister

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed regional revitalization minister Tetsushi Sakamoto to head a government measure to help those experiencing loneliness and isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at a meeting on Feb. 12, the new Japanese prime minister addressed the growing number of suicide victims in Japan, mostly women, as the country continues to fight the coronavirus, according to Japan Times.

‘Attack on Titan’ Live-Action Star Haruma Miura Found Dead at 30

Japanese actor Haruma Miura, who appeared as the lead character Eren Jaeger in the live-action adaptation of “Attack on Titan”, has died at the age of 30 in what authorities suspect to be suicide.

The actor was found hanging inside his apartment in Tokyo by his manager on July 18 and was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital, according to Kyodo News. A suicide note was also reportedly found inside his room.

Elderly Korean Man Kept in ICE Detention for Nearly 90 Days Allegedly Kills Himself


A 74-year-old South Korean man died of an apparent suicide inside his cell in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in California.

Choung Woong Ahn was found unresponsive inside his cell at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield on Sunday, according to Associated Press. A team of advocates and attorneys were working on his release, pointing out the risk of him being infected with the coronavirus.

Chinese Family Files Lawsuit After Daughter Jumps to Her Death 2 Hours After Leaving NYC Hospital

A 23-year-old woman jumped to her death in August 2018 after a hospital reportedly failed to provide her with adequate care and prematurely discharged her without giving notice to family members, the woman’s parents have alleged.

Jiawen Liu, who lived in Brooklyn, New York, was originally from China and worked as a supervisor for Chinese exchange students studying film in New York. She was reportedly spotted behaving “erratically” near the Wolcott hotel in August 2018 and was taken to Bellevue Hospital to receive psychiatric evaluation according to the New York Post.

Woman Allegedly Convinces Boyfriend to Jump to His Death 90 Minutes Before Graduation

Inyoung You

A 21-year-old former Boston College student, Inyoung You, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the suicide of her boyfriend in May.

Prosecutors said that the female student’s behavior was physically, verbally and psychologically abusive during the 18-month relationship and ultimately drove her boyfriend, 22-year-old Alexander Urtula, to kill himself.