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'I Tell Them About Jesus' Love': As Japan's Suicide Rate Soars, Christians Offer a Reason to Live

'I Tell Them About Jesus' Love': As Japan's Suicide Rate Soars, Christians Offer a Reason to Live Read Transcript

- [Lucille] Aiko Kudou stillfinds it hard to believe

that her childhoodfriend committed suicide.

- [Translator] How canhe take his own life

and leave behind his family in misery?

He got depressed when hismother did not approve

the school of his choice.

He ran away from home.

After three days, he wasfound dead in a park restroom.

He cut his wrists and bled to death.

- The suicide rate among young Japanese

has risen to its highestlevel in three decades.

According to the Ministry of Education,

250 elementary and high school students

committed suicide last year.

Reports say that, based onthe notes left by these kids,

bullying is the main reason that push them

to end their life.

- [Translator] Being part of a group

is very important in our culture,

and that is why if the childis different physically,

he is always bullied.

- [Lucille] Pastor Miyahara says

people who take this routeoften lack purpose in life.

Throughout history, Japan haslacked a dominant religion.

Religion is perceived as tradition,

not a way to find purpose,

and religion is not a priority.

Japanese seek other ways for fulfillment.

Mina Kuboi give free hugs atthe Shibuya train station.

- I give free hugs becauseI want people to relax.

- [Lucille] When askedwhat she knows about Jesus.

- Jesus, um...

- Do you think religion is important?

- Yes, but for me, it's not important.

- [Lucille] Less than 1%of Japanese population

is Christian.

This is why Pastor Miyahara is committed

to share the gospel.

He preaches outside thetrain station each day

as people head home from work.

- [Translator] Jesus commandedme to share the gospel

and that's what I do.

Some stop and have a conversation with me.

That's when I tell them about Jesus' love

and sacrifice for them.

And I also get the opportunityto lead them to prayer.

- [Lucille] PastorMiyahara believes Christ

can solve the suicide problem

by helping desperate people find hope

and a reason to live.

Lucille Talusan, CBN News, Tokyo.



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