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The Japanese now has a "minister of loneliness". It is the time Japan has had such a minister. Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga created the in early February. He asked Tetsushi Sakamoto to fill the position. Mr Suga wanted to do about the rise in suicide cases. The of people taking their own lives has risen during the . Japan's National Police Agency showed that 20,919 people died by in 2020. This is 750 more than the previous year. It is also the first rise in suicides in 11 years. Mr Sakamoto told reporters: "I hope to promote activities that prevent loneliness and social isolation and to improve the between people."

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