The Reading / Listening - Loneliness - Level 1

Japan has a "minister of loneliness". Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga created the role in February. Mr Suga wanted to stop the rise in suicide cases. More people are taking their own lives in the pandemic. Japan's police said 20,919 people died by suicide in 2020. This is 750 more than the year before. The minister told reporters: "I hope to promote activities that prevent loneliness and social isolation and to improve the ties between people."

The police said there was a bigger rise in suicide among women. More women are lonely because of the coronavirus pandemic. He told reporters: "Women are suffering from isolation more than men are." There has been a 70 per cent increase in the number of women taking their own lives. A 23-year-old designer said she misses not seeing people smile behind their mask. It makes her feel sad and lonely. She said: "I want to see happy faces."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Loneliness - Level 0 Loneliness - Level 2   or  Loneliness - Level 3

Sources
  • https://thehill.com/policy/international/asia-pacific/539917-japanese-prime-minister-appoints-minister-of-loneliness-to
  • https://nypost.com/2021/02/22/japan-creates-minister-of-loneliness-to-fight-covid-suicides/
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/12/national/loneliness-isolation-minister/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Suga created the role
  2. Mr Suga wanted
  3. suicide
  4. 20,919 people died
  5. This is 750 more than the
  6. promote activities that
  7. social
  8. improve the ties between
  1. by suicide in 2020
  2. people
  3. year before
  4. to stop the rise
  5. isolation
  6. cases
  7. in February
  8. prevent loneliness

Paragraph 2

  1. a bigger rise in suicide
  2. More women are
  3. because of the coronavirus
  4. Women are suffering
  5. taking their
  6. she misses not seeing people
  7. It makes her feel sad
  8. I want to see happy
  1. pandemic
  2. and lonely
  3. own lives
  4. faces
  5. among women
  6. from isolation
  7. smile
  8. lonely

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan has a "minister of loneliness". Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (1) ___________________ in February. Mr Suga wanted to (2) ___________________ in suicide cases. More people are (3) ___________________ lives in the pandemic. Japan's police said 20,919 people (4) ___________________ in 2020. This is 750 more than the year before. The minister told reporters: "I (5) ___________________ activities that prevent loneliness and social isolation and to (6) ___________________ between people."

The police said there was a (7) ___________________ suicide among women. More women (8) ___________________ of the coronavirus pandemic. He told reporters: "Women are suffering (9) ___________________ than men are." There has been a 70 per cent increase in the number of women (10) __________________ lives. A 23-year-old designer said she (11) ___________________ people smile behind their mask. It makes her feel sad and lonely. She said: "I want (12) ___________________ faces."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanhasa"ministerofloneliness".Japan'sPrimeMinisterYoshihideSu
gacreatedtheroleinFebruary.MrSugawantedtostoptheriseinsuicidec
ases.Morepeoplearetakingtheirownlivesinthepandemic.Japan'spoli
cesaid20,919peoplediedbysuicidein2020.Thisis750morethantheye
arbefore.Theministertoldreporters:"Ihopetopromoteactivitiesthatp
reventlonelinessandsocialisolationandtoimprovethetiesbetweenpe
ople."Thepolicesaidtherewasabiggerriseinsuicideamongwomen.Mo
rewomenarelonelybecauseofthecoronaviruspandemic.Hetoldreport
ers:"Womenaresufferingfromisolationmorethanmenare."Therehas
beena70percentincreaseinthenumberofwomentakingtheirownlives.
A23-year-olddesignersaidshemissesnotseeingpeoplesmilebehindth
eirmask.Itmakesherfeelsadandlonely.Shesaid:"Iwanttoseehappyfa
ces."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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