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A mixed bag of news and features focusing on the pandemic’s effects on our health and mental wellbeing:

  • Matsuki Kamoshita, 18, assumed Fukushima’s residents would be the first to feel empathy toward those shunned due to fear of the coronavirus, considering many locals had suffered discrimination themselves after the 2011 nuclear accident. But as the Kahoku Shimpo reports, he was wrong.
  • Prolonged social isolation is having a debilitating effect on the mental and physical health of Japan’s seniors — especially those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, reports Alex K.T. Martin in a long read.
Jun Sasaki, a doctor and the head of Yushokai Medical Corp., a home medical care provider, examines an elderly patient. | HIROSHI HATANO
Dr. Jun Sasaki, the head of Yushokai Medical Corp., a home medical care provider, examines an elderly patient. | HIROSHI HATANO

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