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Nov. 27, 2009, Sakai City: This view shows an anonymous man from Nagoya, age 29, (on left) who was laid off from his job at an electronics maker and came to the Tojinbo cliffs in Fukui Prefecture with the intent of committing suicide. He is patrolling the cliffs of Tojinbo with Misako Kawagoshi (right), who herself lost her parents to suicide when she was a teenager. Ms. Kawagoshi is now partners with Yukio Shige, a 65 y/o retired policeman from Fukui Prefecture who founded the NPO Kokoro ni Hibiku Bunshu Henshukyoku in order to prevent suicides along the rocky cliffs at Tojinbo. This scenic tourist spot located on the Japan Sea coast in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture has become a popular suicide spot, with twenty suicides occurring here in 2008 according to city officials. Shige took up his suicide prevention cause in 2004, just before retirement as a police deputy at a nearby police station where he was posted. When he discovered how many suicides were occurring here, he began patrolling the cliffs of Tojinbo in order to spot those contemplating suicide. Photo by Torin Boyd.
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Nov. 27, 2009, Sakai City: This view shows an anonymous man from Nagoya, age 29, (on left) who was laid off from his job at an electronics maker and came to the Tojinbo cliffs in Fukui Prefecture with the intent of committing suicide. He is patrolling the cliffs of Tojinbo with Misako Kawagoshi (right), who herself lost her parents to suicide when she was a teenager. Ms. Kawagoshi is now partners with Yukio Shige, a 65 y/o retired policeman from Fukui Prefecture who founded the NPO Kokoro ni Hibiku Bunshu Henshukyoku in order to prevent suicides along the rocky cliffs at Tojinbo. This scenic tourist spot located on the Japan Sea coast in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture has become a popular suicide spot, with twenty suicides occurring here in 2008 according to city officials. Shige took up his suicide prevention cause in 2004, just before retirement as a police deputy at a nearby police station where he was posted. When he discovered how many suicides were occurring here, he began patrolling the cliffs of Tojinbo in order to spot those contemplating suicide. Photo by Torin Boyd.