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Children who have lost one or both parents to suicide met with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi earlier this month to appeal for measures to curb the growing number of parental suicides, according to a private nonprofit group.

Seven of the 11 children used their real names and did not cover their faces when they met the prime minister and the media in an effort to alleviate the social stigma accompanying a parent’s suicide, according to officials of Tokyo-based Ashinaga, a scholarship society for orphaned children.

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