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Blue Lights Installed At All 29 JR Yamanote Line Stations For A Cost Of 15 Milli ...

Blue Lights Installed At All 29 JR Yamanote Line Stations For A Cost Of 15 Milli ...

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Description: Blue lights installed at all 29 JR Yamanote Line stations for a cost of 15 million Yen ( 165 , 000 USD ) in an effort to decrease suicides by people jumping under trains . Over 2 , 000 people jumped under trains in 2008 , accounting for 6% of all suicides in the country . The blue LED lights are meant to calm and soothe potential jumpers , though there is little scientific evidence for this . Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world which the recent economic crisis has exacerbated . Ebisu Station , Tokyo , Japan December 4th 2009

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