None Government Organization “Kumo no ito” (spider’s thread) is stationed in Akita Prefecture, the northern part of Japan. Akita of which population is around one million has stood at the nation’s worst record in the suicide rate per 100,000. The NPO, Kumo no ito, was founded in June, 2002 for reducing the number of suicide in Akita. Our activity has come up to the 15th anniversary this year. Fortunately, the number of suicide in Akita last year reduced to 240, peaking at 519 in 2003, decreasing this amount accounts for almost half of its record.
We are introducing our real activity toward international community as “Akita model,” a pioneering action program in Japan
July 10, 2017
I am Hisao Satou of NPO Corporation.
I have been doing suicide prevention activities for the past 17 years.
Akita Prefecture has the worst suicide rate in Japan.
Now, I will speak about the 「Akita Model 」and its suicide measures.
In May 2005, the NGO LIFELINK collaborated with a member of the parliament to bring about the first forum on suicide. At the forum, LIFELINK and other NGOs submitted urgent proposals for comprehensive suicide prevention. The Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, who attended the forum, vowed on behalf of the government to tackle the issue of suicide. (Preventing suicide report WHO 2014)
（.Provide From LifeLink）
Jan 15, 2019