Turning the Tide: The Fight to Reduce Suicide in Japan

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19:30 (Doors open at 19:00)
  • Rene Duignan (ICAS Adjunct Fellow and Economist for the Delegation of the European Union to Japan)
Azabu Hall, Temple University, Japan Campus
Room 212/213
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
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“Saving 10,000 – Winning a War on Suicide in Japan” is a 52-minute documentary directed by TUJ ICAS Adjunct Fellow Dr. Rene Duignan. At this event, Rene will discuss the movie’s key findings while showing some excerpts. Unusually for a small documentary, “Saving 10,000” has attracted a lot of media interest with Rene giving over 20 interviews to date. The movie has also sparked interest from politicians with DVD requests from a Minister and Vice-Minister. A special screening/Q&A will be held at the Japanese Parliament in March. Rene has had the privilege of sharing his ideas in a meeting with the head of the Suicide Prevention Unit of the Cabinet Office. After the Japanese media coverage, screening/speaking requests have been coming from all over Japan. More info at Please note DVDs will be provided free of charge to any organisation/university/NGO that would like to hold a public screening. Rene will endeavor to fulfill as many speaking requests as is feasible for a “film director” with a day job. Requests and enquiries to


Rene Duignan

ICAS Adjunct Fellow and Economist for the Delegation of the European Union to Japan

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 and was formerly an economist at the Central Bank of Italy in Tokyo. “Saving 10,000” is his first documentary. Rene is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (Masters in Economics), University College Dublin (Masters in Business). His research at Aoyama Gakuin University (Ph.D. in International Business) was funded by a Japanese government scholarship. Rene has been a Tokyo resident since 1997.