Closed Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 11

Thread: Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?

  1. #1
    Banned ride them Jesus is off to a good start
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    17
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?

    Japan's internet 'suicide clubs'

    By Andrew Harding
    BBC Asia correspondent

    In Japan, the internet has been blamed for a spate of group suicides which appear to have been arranged in online chat rooms.

    Andrew Harding talked to one young man searching for someone to die with.

    Naoki Tachiwana opened his apartment door with a surprisingly warm smile, and beckoned us in to a neat living room. His computer was switched on - the screen facing out towards Naoki's eleventh floor balcony, and the night sky above Tokyo's eastern suburbs.

    "Last night I was up all night," said Naoki, smiling again, "talking online to this woman who really - I mean really - wants to die. She asked me to do it with her today, but I said I couldn't because I had this television crew coming to see me. So she said we can do it after they've gone."

    It had taken days of online research, emails and text messages to bring us here - face to face with a member of Japan's "internet suicide" community.

    It is a growing, and morbidly frank underworld of chat rooms and websites with names like "Suicide Club," where thousands of (mainly young) people meet and talk and plan their deaths.

    At least 26 people have died in this manner in the past two months.

    Death ads

    The message boards are littered with personal ads like: "I have pills and charcoal briquettes - I'm looking for someone to die with," and "I'm 23 and want to die. I can travel anywhere."

    I asked Naoki - a 34-year-old bank employee who has been off work with stress-related problems for six months - why he was considering joining a suicide group.

    "Well, I'm depressed - and that's a disease," he said. "But to be honest, I think I've always been interested in killing myself." His enormous cat jumped down from a shelf and waddled over to the computer screen.

    "I'd never thought about doing it in a group before," he continued. "But then I visited a website and thought - ah, if I join this I won't have to go through with it on my own. It's like crossing the road when the traffic light is red... it's not so scary when you're with others."

    High suicide rate

    In recent months, dozens of Japanese have crossed that road together. In the last fortnight alone three groups of three people, and two groups of four have been found dead - usually gassed in cars on remote mountain roads.

    Japan already has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and so far the internet-related deaths are only a small proportion. But it's a growing one.

    "It's almost like a cult... these internet groups," argues Yukiko Nishihara, a Tokyo helpline worker. "When people are lonely and suicidal - but afraid of death - they find these websites which egg them on. There's an inhuman element to it."

    But others see the sites very differently.

    "There's nothing bad about suicide," said Wataru Tsurumi, author of a graphic, and best-selling handbook on the subject. "We have no religion or laws here in Japan telling us otherwise. As for group suicides - before the internet people would write letters, or make phone calls... it's always been part of our culture."

    Ghoulish as many of the sites are - complete with skulls and dripping blood - many of their owners argue that they do more good than harm. Late one night in a crowded internet café in central Tokyo, we met up with a shy 24-year-old who wanted to be known by his online nickname - Ama Terasu.

    "My site has a message board, and chat rooms and links to other sites," he told me. "It's a virtual world where you can talk about subjects you can't discuss in real life.

    'Vicious sites'

    "There are some vicious sites which really encourage people to die, and when you get in a group there's a momentum which makes it hard to stop - people become irrational. But my site is not like that. I started it because I had tried twice to kill myself.

    "I think it has saved my life - because it has enabled me to open up about things online. And I believe it can help others too."

    Back in his small apartment, Naoki was still weighing up his options. He told me that he'd come close to killing himself the day before with another person, but that she'd pulled out at the last minute.

    "This time," he said, "it's me who has got cold feet. I told the other woman who wanted to do it today that I was not ready to die so suddenly."

    If you have been affected by any of the issues raised here and would like to talk to someone in confidence for details of further support and information, please call the BBC Action Line on 08000 566 787.

    The lines may be busy, so please remember that the Action Line is open seven days a week, from 0730 GMT until midnight. All calls are free and confidential. Andrew Harding's film was screened on Tuesday, 7 December, 2004.

    Newsnight is broadcast on BBC Two at 1030pm every weeknight in the UK.

    Story from BBC NEWS:
    BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Japan's internet 'suicide clubs'

    Published: 2004/12/07 12:08:47 GMT

    © BBC MMVIII
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Suicide manual author Wataru Tsurumi says suicide has always been part of Japanese culture...

    Is it a part of Japanese culture? Like eating raw horse flesh ice cream? Something kewl?
    Last edited by GallComp; Jan 30, 2008 at 09:20 PM. Reason: Outside articles must use the QUOTE tag.

  2. #2
    I'm all ears. Hassun has disabled reputation
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Pretiacruento
    Posts
    7,700
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 124 Times in 108 Posts

    Re: Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?

    Why are your titles always so generalising and borderline racist?
    Don't see ALL Japanese as creatures with a hive mind.

  3. #3
    Banned ride them Jesus is off to a good start
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    17
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Re: Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hassun View Post
    Why are your titles always so generalising and borderline racist?
    Don't see ALL Japanese as creatures with a hive mind.
    What are you talking about? I am not being racist, Americans generally like big cars. Is that racist too?

  4. #4
    Anime Online's Lesbian SasuraiHell may be famous one day SasuraiHell may be famous one day SasuraiHell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    A very pink realm?....
    Posts
    1,424
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts

    Re: Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by ride them Jesus View Post
    What are you talking about? I am not being racist, Americans generally like big cars. Is that racist too?
    no thats just a stupid assumption, its 'guys' in general that do and being sexist is beside the point

    and stating that you
    sure as hell don't like their culture
    isnt helping your case.


    and why the hell would you have to search and bring up an article thats 4 years old!!!, just further implies you'd go the extra distance to find something negative about Japan
    Last edited by SasuraiHell; Jan 30, 2008 at 08:16 PM.

  5. #5
    I'm all ears. Hassun has disabled reputation
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Pretiacruento
    Posts
    7,700
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 124 Times in 108 Posts

    Re: Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by ride them Jesus View Post
    What are you talking about? I am not being racist, Americans generally like big cars. Is that racist too?
    You do not ask IF the Japanese like to kill themselves or not. You ask "Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?".
    You clearly assume that what you said is truth and THAT is what's wrong with your threads.

  6. #6
    Banned ride them Jesus is off to a good start
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    17
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Re: Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?

    Why do so many Japanese kill themselves. That's what I meant, it seems so common like an honor thing.

    I have nothing against the Japanese, I like them!

  7. #7
    Otaku Robo Soccer Champion, Gorillaz Groove Session Champion blackrose92 is off to a good start blackrose92's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    484
    Thanks
    69
    Thanked 33 Times in 31 Posts

    Re: Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hassun View Post
    You do not ask IF the Japanese like to kill themselves or not. You ask "Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?".
    You clearly assume that what you said is truth and THAT is what's wrong with your threads.
    no need to get SO intense jeez....she owned up to her mistake...
    I'm the best you'll ever have because i am that f*ing AMA-zing chic who can stand on her own d*n feet and becasue of you I am the Greatest Thank you so much SasuraiHell and Gwen

  8. #8
    :Yuki fan: Spider Jump Champion Shinku no kage is making a name for themselves Shinku no kage is making a name for themselves Shinku no kage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    AnimeOnline.net
    Posts
    1,759
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 38 Times in 35 Posts

    Re: Why do Japanese like to kill themselves?

    Why do you keep insisting on pinning stereotypes onto the Japanese race when theres no real basis on it other than just afew or rather just ONE case (that you supposively dug out of somewhere) and your own personal opinion.
    Last edited by GallComp; Jan 30, 2008 at 09:39 PM. Reason: Out of context.
    ->:Be descriptive in your posts or its like you didnt post at all:<-

    |The "RULES" of AO|My AO Gallery|YouTube|AnimeSuki|

Closed Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Kill Me
    By HieisLove in forum Poems
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: Dec 09, 2006, 09:27 AM
  2. kill me
    By equinn in forum Poems
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: Oct 16, 2006, 09:46 PM
  3. Could You Kill Someone!!!!
    By hell-slayer in forum The Thread Vault
    Replies: 86
    Last Post: Oct 14, 2005, 01:51 PM
  4. Kill Bill
    By The King of Fashion in forum The Thread Vault
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: Jul 29, 2005, 05:09 PM
  5. Might as well kill the nug now.
    By Zui Quan in forum The Thread Vault
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Apr 26, 2005, 08:16 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts