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This is a view of special suicide deterrent lights installed at Sugamo Station on Tokyo's Yamanote loop line. Photo taken November 9 , 2009:..Due to a rise in people jumping to their deaths in front of trains, a number of Japanese railway companies have been installing special blue lights in and around train stations in hopes of preventing suicides. One of these is East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), which has been installing blue light emitting diode, or LED lights in all of it's 29 stations on Tokyo's Yamanote Line. This is the commuter loop line that surrounds greater Tokyo used by eight million passengers per day. This preventative action by JR East was completed in November 2009 at a cost of 15 million yen ($167,000 USD). There is no scientific proof that these lights reduce suicides, but some experts claim blue has a calming effect on people. Suicide rates in Japan have risen in 2009 and could pass the record 34,427 deaths in 2003. In 2008, nearly 2,000 people committed suicide in Japan by jumping in front of a train. In Tokyo, the number of suicides at JR East station rose to 68 from 42 two years earlier.
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This is a view of special suicide deterrent lights installed at Sugamo Station on Tokyo's Yamanote loop line. Photo taken November 9 , 2009:..Due to a rise in people jumping to their deaths in front of trains, a number of Japanese railway companies have been installing special blue lights in and around train stations in hopes of preventing suicides. One of these is East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), which has been installing blue light emitting diode, or LED lights in all of it's 29 stations on Tokyo's Yamanote Line. This is the commuter loop line that surrounds greater Tokyo used by eight million passengers per day. This preventative action by JR East was completed in November 2009 at a cost of 15 million yen ($167,000 USD). There is no scientific proof that these lights reduce suicides, but some experts claim blue has a calming effect on people. Suicide rates in Japan have risen in 2009 and could pass the record 34,427 deaths in 2003. In 2008, nearly 2,000 people committed suicide in Japan by jumping in front of a train. In Tokyo, the number of suicides at JR East station rose to 68 from 42 two years earlier.