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Mental Health At Work

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Since the beginning of the century, there has been no shortage of disheartening evidence that a sense of well-being among the Japanese has been destroyed. The proliferation of mental fatigue is not only limited to "some kind of stress;" more serious cases needing clinical intervention are also on the increase. The division between men and women in the labor market actually grew wider in the mid-1980s to the 1990s, when the number of regular female employees decreased, strengthening the notion that a married woman's primary responsibility was for household tasks and childrearing. One of the most serious public-health issues in Japan today is the acute increase of suicide. One of the worst results of this suicide epidemic is the compassion fatigue that it has caused. From 2008 there will be a large-scale survey on mental health to understand the state of stress and depression of the population.

Keywords: Japan; labor market; mental health; suicide



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