Japan’s suicide rate is twice that of the United States. More than 30,000 people a year kill themselves in Japan.
So many people jump in front of subway trains that when a train stops between stations, people just assume it’s a suicide.
A Buddhist monk, Ittetsu Nemoto, decided he wanted to do something about that. He now works with depressed Japanese people who make the journey to his temple.
Larissa MacFarquhar, a staff writer for The New Yorker, wrote about Nemoto in a recent issue.