The event that brought Nishihara into suicide prevention was a single phone call in the late 1960s, while he was a minister at an Osaka church. The caller was a young man and a member of Nishihara’s congregation. “I can’t sleep at night, and hurt so much,” the young man said. “Please, tell everyone goodbye.” The man hung up and, sometime that day, took his own life.
I am impressed that after meeting Mr. Nishihara the reporter even started to get involved in the suicide prevention call center. May God continue to bless their work.