Suicide in Japan

Suicide in Japan, from the hara-kiri of the samurai to the kamikaze pilots of World War II, has long been a exotic topic that has both repulsed and fascinated Westerners. Indeed, many have used this as a lens through which to view and analyze all of Japanese culture. A new phenomena in Japan that has been heavily publicized are “internet suicide pacts.” This link provides some overview of the issues. Here is another article on Tojimbo, a distinction as one of the best known places to kill oneself in Japan. And here are some YouTube links to the Japanese horror movie Suicide Club.

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