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Suicide Forest in Japan

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Published on May 9, 2012

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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.

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Comments • 36,026

Anna Marie
what a beautiful man
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Junior Cordova
🙏😢😟😞😩😞 may their souls rest in peace.
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wanderer_
"you think you die alone, but thats not true." that got me.
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Karen Rodas
wanderer_ true :'-(
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bob2000and10
This is one of the best interviews ive ever seen, its 20 minutes of just letting him talk and not a single word from the journalist. Now though you cant get vice journalists to shut the fuck up at all.
jarl5
It says not to enter, because you can easily get lost (steps over rope)
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Alexander Prime
Nonagon sucide office
Nonagon
Alexander Prime the office
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kate puente
"You think you die alone, but that's not true. Nobody is alone in this world."
Kookaburra the Koobaburra
I always watch this every once on a while
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X-RYA K
Luke no she means when she feels sad like she wants to die she watches this video to keep her going. she watches it when shes said to remember that there's always another option. I don't get how you could have taken it like that. if I felt like dying I would love to be reminded why I should live another day
Xavier Gonzalez
I'll be watching from now on
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Jonny Boulala
"I think it's impossible to die heroically by committing suicide". Wise words from a humble and honest man who has seen too much of this.
Mai Yamada
I hope the camping man got through positively
EPIC VIDEOS
Suicide does not end the pain. It passes the pain to somebody else.
ceu160193
Yes, suicide is final solution. And who cares about somebody else after death? Death is not horror, it's eternal rest you can delay or take early.
ArseneGray
Suicide ends your pain by passing it to somebody else.
Tilla Coetzee
He is a beautiful soul, thank you for this documentary Vice.
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