Posts Tagged ‘suicide’

Aokigahara Forest

The Japanese have come up with another novel way of committing suicide: getting lost in a forest and dying of exposure, starvation, or whatever other perils await you. The forest of choice is Aokigahara Forest, also called the Sea of Trees. Of course it’s crazy, but it’s so typically Japanese; I can’t see any other nationality coming up with something like this. Japan has a ridiculously high suicide rate (I’ve covered other crazy methods of suicide here before), and the rate’s gone up since the economy’s gone down, not that one caused the other, as any statistician will tell you!

Signs have been posted outside the forest to help deter the suicidal, and security cameras have been erected as well.

The goal, said Imasa Watanabe of the Yamanashi Prefectural Government is to track the people who walk into the forest. Watanabe fears more suicidal visitors will arrive in the coming weeks.

“Especially in March, the end of the fiscal year, more suicidal people will come here because of the bad economy,” he said. “It’s my dream to stop suicides in this forest, but to be honest, it would be difficult to prevent all the cases here.”

As a method of suicide, what do you think about it? At the very least, you’re not being inconsiderate by leaving a body for other people to sort out, and being considerate is all about what being Japanese is, yesno?

[Link: CNN.com – Desperate Japanese head to ‘suicide forest’]


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An Austrian actor accidentally slit his throat on stage during a performance of Mary Stuart, a play about Mary Queen of Scotts.

The actor meant to use a blunt, prop blade to cut his throat during a suicide scene. The audience cheered what they thought to be realistic special effects, and only realised something was amiss when the actor hobbled off stage to get help.

Medics say if he had placed any further pressure on the blade, he could have severed an artery and died on stage.

Police are investigating to find out how the prop blade got replaced with a real one.

Hmmm… Sounds like attempted murder ala Brandon Lee to me.

[ Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7777086.stm ]

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Hot on the heels of the online suicide posted by S, an ex-police officer in Buenos Aires has committed suicide on live TV just after completing an interview. The man, Mario Ferreyra, shot himself fatally in the head as he was about to be arrested on charges for alleged human rights violations.

“Maria, goodbye,” Mario Ferreyra said to his wife before lifting the .45-caliber revolver and shooting himself in the temple.

Ferreyra, 63, took his life on Friday as national authorities
arrived at his home to arrest him on charges in connection with the
disappearance, torture and death of dissidents during Argentina’s
1976-83 dictatorship.

Ferreyra’s wife maintains Mario’s innocence in the charges.

[Link: News24.com – Man kills himself on live TV]

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Now I don’t know what kind of toxic system you need to have for this to happen, but apparently some guy in Kumamoto, Japan, managed to poison 54 other people around him just by vomiting. Allegedly, he drank copious amounts of pesticide, possibly in a suicide attempt. Either that, or he was hallucinting that his stomach was inhabited by insects. When the doctors started pumping his stomach, the pesticide came out with everthing else:

The spray of chloropicrin, a very dangerous pesticide, was so toxic it
cause 54 doctors, nurses, and patients to have breathing problems and
sores in their eyes, leaving them desperate for medical help.

This is, of course related to the detergent suicide story I posted a couple of weeks back. So can ANYONE give a reason why Japanese people are so willing to try strange methods of suicide? If you want to do suicide, do it right-drink furniture polish. Horrible death. Beautiful finish.

[Link: Weird Asia News – Man’s Vomit Poisons 54 People]

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A 14 year-old girl in Tokyo committed suicide by mixing laudry detergent with cleanser, creating hydrogen sulphide fumes which killed her, and sickened at least 10 others in a neighboring apartment block. However, this isn’t the first detergent-related suicide to occur in Tokyo:

The girl’s suicide on Wednesday night was part of a rapidly expanding string of similar deaths that experts say have been encouraged by Internet suicide sites. A 31-year-old man outside Tokyo killed himself inside a car early on Thursday by mixing detergent and bath salts, police said.

Apparently, the Japanese police tally roughly 30 detergent-related deaths this year…and this year isn’t half-way finished yet.

Well, at least the deceased was guaranteed a clean death.

[Link: IOL.co.za]

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