Japan is known worldwide for its development and technology.
People with a warring spirit that survived and, with difficulty, rebuilt their lives after the 2nd World War.
A country that is constantly hit by natural disasters, and fights to decrease the numbers that place them among the 10 countries in the world with the highest suicide rates.
The pressure begins at a very young age, while still in school, where thousands of children are victims of bullying.
Bullying is a reality in schools, streets and even among family members; this suffering has led adolescents and teens to suicide.
A survey taken on World Suicide Prevention Day, in 2014, stated that 37% of children had the desire to die.
In 2010, an 11-year-old student, who suffered bullying from her classmates, committed suicide. She was constantly attacked with offensive phrases like: “You stink,” “You’re contaminating the air with your germs”, “Die” etc.
Usually, the second school semester is marked with the highest number of suicides among young people aged 10 to 19 years. For many children, the burden of ‘survival’ is unbearable.
In 2014, Japan listed suicide as the leading cause of death for people aged 10 and 19 years. According to the latest official data published in December 2015, 24,554 people committed suicide. Of these, 529 were people aged up to 19 years.
Masayo Itakura, a young Japanese woman, was also a victim of bullying at school, and suffered with trauma as an adult. Since an early age, she had a desire to die. Unhappy and empty, she started using various types of drugs. During one of her lowest moments, she recalled all the suffering she experienced in her childhood and adolescence, which caused the desire to die to become constant.
She explains how her life changed after she understood the importance of seeking the Holy Spirit with all her strength.
“After receiving the Holy Spirit, I learned to forgive people. Today, joy and peace flow from within my heart.” – Masayo Itakura
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