On Monday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato did not raise a specific case but noted that some people were struggling to cope during the coronavirus crisis.
“There has been an increase in the number of suicide cases since July. We have to recognize the fact that so many people are ending their precious life, ”he said.
Kato, who was Japan’s health minister until earlier this month, urged people to use suicide prevention hotlines and other services.
Takeuchi was a household name in Japan. She starred in the 2018 series Miss Sherlock on the Hulu-HBO Asia network, and also played a minor role in the 1998 Japanese horror classic Ring.
She had given birth to her second child in January.
“It came all of a sudden, and we are all stunned and saddened by the news,” her arts agency, Stardust Promotion Inc, told the Japan Times.
Takeuchi has received numerous awards during her career, including the Japan Movie Critics Award for Best Actress.
Earlier in September, another popular Japanese actress Sei Ashina died in an apparent suicide. In July, actor Haruma Miura also reportedly committed suicide.
In May, reality TV star Hana Kimura, 22, of the Netflix show Terrace House, also died, apparently as a result of online abuse, making international headlines.
Last month, Japan reported nearly 1,900 suicides, up 15% from the same month last year.
In the first half of this year, there was a drop in the number of suicides in Japan. In 2019, that number fell to an all-time high, which non-government groups attributed to growing efforts to address the issue.