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> Japan skating star blames divorce on media harassment

Yuzuru Hanyu celebrates after winning the men's competition at the national figure skating championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, eastern Japan, on Dec 26, 2021. [Photo/IC]


Retired Japanese figure skating star Yuzuru Hanyu has announced his divorce from his wife, three months after he publicized the union, blaming it on media "stalking" and harassing the ex-couple.


Hanyu, a national icon in Japan and two-time Olympic figure skating champion, said on X, formerly Twitter, late Friday that "suspicious" people had visited his home and reporters had invaded his privacy since he announced his marriage in early August.


"Currently, various media outlets are slandering, stalking and conducting unauthorized interviews and reports about my partner”, who is not a celebrity, as well as members of their families, he said in a statement.


Hanyu, who is known as Japan's "Ice Prince", said his partner had supported him, "even though she couldn't take one step out of the house".


"It was extremely difficult to protect my partner and myself in these circumstances and I found it unbearable," he added.


Ultimately, he said he had decided to divorce so that his partner could "be happy with no restrictions".


He has not revealed his ex-wife's identity.


Hanyu retired from competition in July last year and now performs at professional skating shows.


This 28-year-old became the first man to win back-to-back Olympic champions in 66 years at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
这位28岁的年轻选手在 2018 年平昌冬奥会上成为66年来首位蝉联奥运冠军的男子花滑选手。


> As Earth’s temperature rises, so do deaths among people with mental health problems



As the climate crisis gets worse, farmers' crops are drying up and people are losing their homes due to rampant wildfires.


But there’s another group for whom the climate crisis is a potentially lethal threat — people with mental health problems such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or anxiety.


And this threat has already become reality for some people.


During a record-breaking heat wave in British Columbia in June 2021, 8% of people who died from the extreme heat had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to a March study.


That made the disorder a more dangerous risk factor than all other conditions the authors studied, including kidney disease and coronary artery disease.


“Until climate change gets under control, things are only going to get worse unfortunately,” said Dr. Robert Feder, a representative to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. “As the temperature keeps increasing, these effects are going to be magnified. There’s going to be more storms, more fires, and people are going to be more worried about what could happen because a lot more things are happening.”


Rising temperatures have also been associated with suicide attempts and increased rates of mental health-related emergency department visits, several studies have found.


And long-term exposure to air pollution — which the climate crisis can worsen by adding more particles from droughts or wildfires — has been linked with elevated anxiety and an increase in suicides.


What’s going on in the brains of people with schizophrenia or other conditions is just one factor that makes them more vulnerable to extreme heat, air pollution and stress, experts said — and in need of support from loved ones, surrounding communities and policymakers.


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