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Depression and other mental illnesses are on the rise among nursing care workers for the elderly in the country, an apparent reflection of difficult working conditions amid the industry’s chronic staff shortages.

The number of workers in the social security, social welfare and nursing care category who applied for workers’ compensation for mental illnesses was 140 in fiscal 2014, more than double the 66 recorded in fiscal 2009, according to data from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

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