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  • Writer's pictureKunwar Abhay Singh






Soon after the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was agreed, Japan

moved quickly to establish a broad-based, whole-of-society approach to

implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on eight

priorities centred around the themes of people, prosperity, planet, peace

and partnerships.Whether it be high-speed bullet trains, the automotive

industry, or the most humble culture in the world, the name of Japan always

strikes up. Geographically prone to earthquakes, Japan is one of the world's

leading economic and technological centers. In my opinion one of the most

well- organized countries.

I remember watching Jeff Bezos say what he learned from Akio Morita from

Japan and how it influenced the building of Amazon:

"Right after World War II, Akio Morita, the guy who founded Sony, made the

mission for Sony that they were going to make Japan known for quality.

And you have to remember; this was a time when Japan was known for cheap,

copycat products. And Morita didn't say we're going to make Sony known for

quality. He said we're going to make Japan known for quality. He chose a

mission for Sony that was bigger than Sony."

Although thinking about Japan developed country, with education so deep

down in their roots, with hard work and passion for being the best in their field,

people in Japan are not mentally happy. The goal that Japan should promote

SDG3 is good health and well-being. According to a survey result, 11.5% of

respondents had a poor mental state deemed severe enough to require

consultations with medical institutions, and 36.6% reportedly felt mild to

moderate stress that could likely grow worse. Stress levels tended to be high

among health care workers and young people aged from in their teens to their

30s. An analysis of the results found that feelings of loneliness, anxiety,

insomnia, and poor work or academic performance, among other factors, had

been the causes of stress among individuals.

This is not good for a developed country like Japan; people there are so

focused on their work that they spend less time on their mental well-being. At

the end of the day, a happy mind and a happy body are an individual's greatest

assets. Japanese passports are issued to Japanese citizens to facilitate

international travel. With 192 visa-free travels, it is the strongest passport in the

world. Its social relations with the other developed countries are impressive.

Japan works with the international community based on the principle of human

security to address global health, including universal health coverage, and

realize a society where the SDGs have been achieved and "no one is left

behind.”Japan has one of the best healthcare systems in the world,

technologically advanced and highly subsidized. It has a powerful social

security system that every citizen contributes to benefit citizens, regardless of

age or status.

However, that does not mean the system is perfect. Mental health is arguably

the weakest link in the well-being of the Japanese, which becomes more

challenging when the relatively conservative society places a stigma on mental

issues it doesn’t understand. That shunning often creates a cycle of negative

influences on community. Education and awareness are lacking, even financial

support. This will be one of the potholes to fill as Japan rides the road towards

2030. Japan still has some catching up to do regarding mental health. The

good news is that many organizations have already begun addressing the

problems and gaps that are uniquely Japan.,

This isn’t the case in India, where family is a big part of an individual; There is a

growing culture in Japan called “ohitorisama,” which simply means the desire to

do things we know the difference between solitude and loneliness?

Why loneliness is hard to define in Japan and the rising concerns of the

negative impact of loneliness. PHysical exercises should also be promoted.

Japan’s justly famous Meiji Restoration of 1868 provided a blueprint for

economic development for countless countries to follow. It is a tradition that

Japan maintains to the present day as a world leader in sustainable technology

and a partner to countries around the world aiming to end poverty, achieve high

levels of well-being, and ensure human security. Japan became Asia’s first

industrial economy at the end of the nineteenth century through national unity,

visionary leadership, and hard work. When European powers threatened

Japan’s sovereignty in the middle of the nineteenth century, far-sighted leaders

instituted a remarkable policy of modernization that began in 1868.We are now

in the Age of Sustainable Development, and once again we can count on

Japan’s visionary role in achieving sustainable development not only in Japan

but around the world with Japan as a role model and a partner to other

countries. Japan continues to partner with countries that want to advance

rapidly, for example by helping the Government of Rwanda to establish the new

SDG Center for Africa in Kigali,Japan is innovating on how to create new

institutions, technologies, and policies for a society with a significant

proportion of elderly people, a challenge of course spurred by Japan’s very

high longevity. Japan’s breakthroughs in healthcare, support systems, and

quality of life for the elderly will have great benefits throughout the world.

Japan is also pioneering the pathway to a low-carbon economy to fulfill the

Paris Climate Agreement, by deploying Japan’s world-class engineering

excellence to promote energy efficiency, new materials, and new kinds of

vehicles, such as Toyota’s fuel-cell vehicles.

In itself, mental health is a prerequisite for physical health and is strongly

interlinked with other development factors such as poverty, work, and

economic growth or peace and justice. Mental health plays a key role in efforts

to achieve social inclusion and equity, universal health coverage, access to

justice and human rights, and sustainable economic development. For example,

poverty (goal 1) and mental illness are strongly linked, just as economic growth

(goal 8) and safe and resilient cities and settlements (goal 11) depend on an

overall mentally healthy society. As a cross-cutting issue, mental health has

relevance across the whole range of development.

To conclude, Japan is a visionary country, thinking as no one is perfect and

there are traits in every society in the world; japan lacks mental health, and

although they have progressed in technology but some basic fundamentals in

Japan have been ignored. Closeness to family in my perspective can bring end

to these crises in japan, with family being an essential part of your life as in

India, western countries still don't get how mature aged indians still live with

their family, in their tradition being independent is far more critical that your

mental health. However, Living with your family also leads to arguments, since

human nature is like that, to love and fight. But good impacts out qualifies these


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