Target: Mr. Yukio Shige, Former Police Officer and Life Saver
Goal: Commend former police officer for stopping hundreds of suicides.
Yukio Shige patrols Japan’s Tonjibo cliffs every single day looking for people attempting suicide and helps them in any way he possibly can. To date, Mr. Shige is credited with saving over 500 lives. There can be no doubt that Japan has a problem with suicide. Rates in the country have been falling slowly, but still remain higher than many other developed countries by a wide margin. In light of this fact, one man has taken it upon himself to do something to help people who feel like they simply cannot go on any longer and he is deserving of great praise.
The factors contributing to the high suicide rate in Japan are myriad, but most of them are related to the societal pressures of Japanese business culture and extremely traditional social pressures. The suicide rate climbed steadily for many years, leaping in the late 1990s and early 2000s, prompting the government to take action. The measures have started to bear fruit, and the rate of suicide is falling, but Mr. Shige’s work is still very necessary.
He undertook this incredible life-saving work because he is sadly familiar with the anguish of suicide after losing a close friend. He believes that people think themselves into a corner and see ending it all as the only way out, but if they are able to talk to someone they can trust, almost anyone can be saved. Once he is able to get someone off of the cliffs, Shige takes them back to a comfortable apartment to talk and start rebuilding their lives.
Few can boast to have saved as many lives as Mr. Shige and the work he does is truly invaluable. Please sign here to commend him for his efforts and show gratitude for the hundreds of people he has stopped from choosing a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Dear Mr. Shige,
I am writing to you with a heart full of joy after learning about the wonderful work you do saving lives along the Tonjibo cliffs. I understand that suicide is a complex and sensitive issue, especially in Japan, but there is no doubt that the work you are doing is invaluable, not only to those you save, but to their families and loved ones as well. As you well know, those even considering suicide see few, or no, other ways out of a situation that they find themselves in, whether it be the loss of a job, depression, or any other hardship. They think themselves in to a corner and just need a helping hand to get out of it. I want to thank you for being that hand.
I write not only to thank and praise you, but to beg you to continue this good work. What you do is above and beyond what most people consider to be their duty to help others and the world is a much, much better place for it. Thank you again.
[Your Name Here]
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