Sep 29, 2009

Prayer for Japan

今年1~8月の全国の自殺者数が、昨年同期比971人(4.5%)増の2万2362人となったことが28日、警察庁のまとめ(暫定値)で分かった。すべて の月で昨年を上回っており、12年連続で年間3万人を超えるだけでなく、過去最悪だった2003年の3万4427人に迫るペースが続いている。 (時事通信)

"Japan's suicide rate, already one of the world's highest, has increased with the recent economic downturn.

There were 2,645 suicides recorded in January 2009, a 15 percent increase from the 2,305 for January 2008, according to the Japanese government.

The Japanese government said suicide rates are a priority and pledged to cut the number of suicides by more than 20 percent by 2016. It plans to improve suicide awareness in schools and workplaces. But officials fear the toll will rise with unemployment and bankruptcies, matching suicide spikes in earlier tough economic times." CNN

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Please keep the nation of Japan in your prayer.
There are so many people without hope, true hope, Jesus Christ.
And please pray that we as Christian will be able to reach out to those people.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I never knew that! I have learned much about Japan from the 8 Japanese students I have lived with in my life, but I never knew that!

    So sad! =(
    I will be keeping you and Japan in my prayers!

    God Bless