December 11, 2009

JAPAN: Antisuicide site raises yen with clicks

. TOKYO, Japan / The Japan Times / Life in Japan / Kyodo News / December 11, 2009 A private group launched a suicide-prevention Web site Thursday to raise funds to combat the social scourge. The site, Joining Efforts to Prevent Suicides with a Click, allows each visitor to make one click a day, which triggers a ¥1 donation to a volunteer group that is trying to reduce suicides in Japan, according to Stop! The Suicide Conference, an organization set up by four media and consulting companies. When the number of clicks reaches a certain level, Home-One Law Office, which helps people in debt, will donate the yen equivalent to the Federation of Inochi No Denwa Inc., which offers round-the-clock suicide counseling services. With more than 30,000 people in Japan taking their lives each year for the past 11 years, the conference said it hopes to raise public awareness through the Web site. [rc] (C) The Japan Times Ltd