Japan’s suicide forestPosted: August 17, 2013
Speaking of killing yourself (I don’t mean to get all suicide-y on you, so promise, this is last related post), have you heard about this forest in Japan where people go to do just that?
It’s an incredibly creepy place. According to a Vice documentary:
“The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.”
Japan has a very high suicide rate, 10th in the world.
In case you’re wondering, according to Wikipedia, the top ten countries by suicide rate are as follows:
Here’s the doc, posted last year.