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Saving 10 000 – Best practices from Japan, the EU and the US

EU News 127/2013

12 March 2013

This event is a follow-up to the full house screening of "Saving 10,000 -Winning a War on Suicide in Japan" in November. It will feature a discussion on some key issues raised by the movie and will gather perspectives from Japan, the US and EU. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who practices in the US. This will be followed by an expert panel discussion to be moderated by Dr. Rene Duignan, director of Saving 10,000. All attendees will receive a free DVD of the Saving 10,000 movie.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 
19:00 – 21:00 hrs (doors open 18:30 hrs) 
Delegation of the European Union to Japan, Schuman Auditorium (Map) 
Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)
Please send an e-mail indicating your name, affiliation and email address, with the subject line: Saving 10,000-2 to: Closing date for registrations: Tuesday, 26 March 2013


18:30               Doors open 
19:00               Welcome by the EU Delegation 
19:05               "Saving 10,000" Trailer (Full movie now online at 
19:10               Dr Rene Duignan – Presentation "10 ways to save 10 000" 
19:20               Dr Yukio Ishizuka – Keynote speech "Can a Failed Suicide Attempt be an opportunity to Go Beyond a Previous Best?" Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, a Japanese Harvard trained psychiatrist, shares his approach in therapy on using the worst crisis in a person’s life as an opportunity to go beyond a previous best level of happiness in one’s close intimate relationships, sense of self and achievements. 
19:50               Panel discussion moderated by Dr Rene Duignan
Reverend Yukio Saito – Former President of Inochi no Denwa 
Akira Katayama – Counsellor – Suicide Prevention Unit – Cabinet Office 
Dr. Yukio Ishizuka – US-based Psychiatrist 
20:30               Interactive Q&A session with the audience 
20:55               Closing remarks 
21:00               Event ends

Summary bio's of speakers and panellists

Dr Rene Duignan is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Temple University Japan (Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies) where his research focus is on suicide prevention. His central occupation is as economist for the Delegation of the European Union to Japan. He is also an economics lecturer at Aoyama Gakuin University. "Saving 10,000" is his first documentary.

Dr Yukio Ishizuka graduated from Keio University Medical School, Tokyo, Japan in 1964.  He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Mass Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School in 1969.  He is the founder of Japan International Medical Students Association (JIMSA), which received the coveted Japanese Health Culture Award in 2007 by the Minister of Japanese Health at the Japanese Imperial Palace. Happily married for 46 years with three children, he is also a member of the Salmagundi Club of N.Y. as a resident artist.

Reverend Yukio Saito is the former President of Inochi no Denwa and Chair of the Japanese Association for Suicide Prevention. For five decades, Rev. Saito has been educating the public and lobbying to improve suicide prevention. He has published more than 40 books.

Akira Katayama is counsellor at the Suicide Prevention Unit of the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government.

Movie only available in Japanese language


Updated 2013.04.08

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