Many Construction Workers in Japan Suffer Mental Illness


Tokyo, Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)--Many people in Japan's construction industry who supervise building sites have committed suicide due to metal illness, a government white paper showed Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in the media industry, the suicide rate among young people is high, according to the report, approved at a cabinet meeting on the day.

In 2018, the construction and media industries were added as industries with a high risk of causing overwork-related death and injuries.

In the 2019 white paper, the government pointed to a need to improve work environments to reduce stress on workers.

In the construction industry, 54 workers committed or attempted to commit suicide linked to work-related mental disorders from January 2010 to March 2015, according to a survey on industrial accidents. Of them, 30 were construction field supervisors or engineers.

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