Actress Yuko Takeuchi’s death follows recent cases of Japanese celebrities taking their own lives.
Following the death of a popular actress on Sunday, the Japanese government is urging people to seek help if they are struggling to make it.
The death of Miss Sherlock star Yuko Takeuchi, 40, has shocked the nation and follows other recent cases of Japanese celebrities taking their own lives, with figures showing a recent rise in suicides.
On Monday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato did not mention a particular case, but noted that some people were struggling to cope with the coronavirus crisis.
“Since July there has been an increase in the number of suicide cases. We have to acknowledge the fact that so many people are ending their precious life, “he said.
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Takeuchi was a household name in Japan. She played the lead in the 2018 series Miss Sherlock on the Hulu-HBO Asia network, and also had a minor part in the 1998 Japanese horror classic Ring.
She had given birth to her second child in January.
“It happened all of a sudden and we are all shocked and saddened by the news,” his talent agency, Stardust Promotion Inc., told the Japan Times.
Takeuchi had received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Japan Movie Critics Award for Best Actress.
In early September, another popular Japanese actress Sei Ashina died in apparent suicide. In July, actor Haruma Miura is also believed to have taken his own life.
In May, reality show star Hana Kimura, 22, of Netflix’s Terrace House program also died, apparently as a result of online abuse, making headlines internationally.
Last month, Japan reported nearly 1,900 suicides, up 15% from the same month last year.
In the first half of this year, there was a drop in the number of suicides in Japan. In 2019, the figure dropped to an all-time low, attributed by non-governmental groups to increased efforts to address the issue.