More than 35% of people in Japan feel lonely and isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic, a government survey showed on April 8. Young people in their 20s and 30s felt the loneliest, the survey showed.
The survey polled 20,000 people aged 16 and older nationwide in a random sample in December.
Asked whether they feel lonely, 4.5% said they often or always feel that way, while 14.5% said they feel lonely sometimes and 17.4% said they feel lonely every once in a while.
People in their 30s were most likely to say they often or always feel lonely, at 7.9%, while 7.7% of people in their 20s said the same. The lowest rate was for those in their 70s, at 1.8%.
However, the survey showed that about 62% of respondents said they either hardly or absolutely do not feel lonely during the pandemic. (Kyodo)
◆After living alone for many years, the man began to feel isolated.
◆The survey showed that many people agree with the government’s new policy.
◆Random people were chosen to answer the survey questions.
◆in a while（すぐに、間もなく）
◆The woman has not visited her parents in a while.
◆most likely to …（～する可能性が最も高い、最も～しそう）
◆The weather forecast said it is likely to rain tomorrow.
◆the lowest rate（最低の率）
◆The economics report showed that the interest rate has reached a record low.
◆respondent to a survey（調査対象者）
◆The survey respondents all said they were happy to participate.
How does the article say many people have felt during the COVID pandemic?
Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon?
Yes. The COVID variants are becoming milder and milder and countries around the world are starting to loosen their COVID-related restrictions.
What do you think is the cause of people feeling lonely during the pandemic?
I think it is because the government encouraged people to stay home and refrain from traveling or meeting with people in real life.
What do you do to stop yourself from feeling lonely when you can't go out?
I try to call my friends and family as much as possible. I also communicate with people online.