Suicides in Japan were down nearly 20 percent in April, compared to the same month in 2019, announced Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare this week – the lowest such figure in 5 years. "We're not going to say 'Thanks, COVID-19,' but the pandemic seems to be indirectly saving lives too," writes the reporter at The ministry believes the lockdown buffer from those daily pressures at school and work may indirectly benefit people who might otherwise be slipping into life-threatening depression and anxiety.

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