'Detergent Suicide': Deadly Fad Rattles Japan

The Web site shows an archive of personal accounts that are divided into eight circumstances such as "bullying," "violence," "personal debts" and "sickness." Under each category are the stories of people who have experience in those fields and their solutions to life issues.

The site shows more than 200 entries so far. It also shows survival techniques broken into seven categories that include changing circumstances, a job or residence and learning about legal protections available to those in debt.

"Why don't we help people find ways to solve their issues instead of telling them not to die," said Okita. "Emphasizing the importance of life may not really help someone when that person will have to face a debt collector the next morning."

Okita realizes this may not be a panacea for suicides. He also knows what may have worked for one person does not necessarily apply to another. "But by showing as many examples as possible, people can choose a solution they like," said Okita whose goal is to cut the current number of suicide by 25 percent in 18 months.

The Web site now has more than 100,000 visitors a day. Although Okita finds this number "encouraging," he feels his work is not over yet.

"Many people do not know there are alternatives to death," said Okita. "If our site can make them think a moment, it then could delay their action by one day. You never know what difference that one day can make."

"People may have a different view on life when they wake up next morning. They may be able to shift their focus from dying to living."

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