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NEWS: Nine Suicides Near Tokyo Raise Alarm of Internet Suicide Pacts

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posted on Oct, 12 2004 @ 08:17 AM
A total of nine young individuals were found dead in apparent suicides in the Tokyo area. Seven young people were found dead in a van outside of the city and two young women were found in a car outside of a temple. All of the deaths seemed to be suicides, raising alarms about suicide pacts made on the internet. Officials say suicide pacts have been commonly made over the Internet since at least the late 1990s, not only in Japan which has the highest number of internet related suicides, but in countries around the world.
The cases - involving young people in their teens and 20s - raised alarm over suicide agreements, many of which are made by people who meet over the Internet. They have claimed dozens of lives and shocked Japan over the past several years.

Tuesday"s suicide of four young men and three women in the van would be the largest group suicide yet, the National Police Agency said.

Authorities found the rented van in a deserted mountain lot after a friend of one of the seven who had received an e-mail hinting at suicide called the police, but officers failed to reach it in time, a police spokesman in Saitama prefecture, just outside Tokyo, said on condition of anonymity.

The van windows were sealed with vinyl tape from the inside and the seven were found slumped over in their seats, the spokesman said. A woman sat in the driver"s seat, while the six others sat in two rows behind her.

Investigators found four charcoal stoves in the car that they believe the group used to poison themselves. No external wounds or signs of a struggle were found.

The Saitama police said they believed the seven died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and ordered autopsies.

In a separate incident, two women were found dead in a car parked outside an isolated temple in Yokosuka, about 60 miles to the southeast, a Kanagawa prefecture police spokesman said. They were in the car"s back seat, with two charcoal stoves on the floor. The car windows were sealed with a black plastic tarp.

Police said it was not immediately known whether the two cases were related. They were still trying to determine the identities of the men and women.

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I am actually shocked by this news, I had no idea this was happening at all. Life can throw us many curves and be quite difficult at times, but it always gets better. While suicide is a very controversial subject and opinions vary greatly, I find it to be quite unfortunate and sad, that this wonderful portal to the world called the internet is also a contributing tool. But can the internet really be blamed? I do not think so. The internet has been proven to be a very useful tool in this modern world, but there are always individuals who use this tool to spread the wrong type of message, whether it be suicides, pornography or fraud, it is the fault of the individuals using the tool, not the tool itself.

posted on Oct, 12 2004 @ 08:25 AM
Intersting, sad but intersting. The article does not address the possibility that this may be a cult issue? The Internet is a great way to meet people with similar interest mind frames, etc. It also is a great way to recruit cult members as well. Just a thought......


posted on Oct, 12 2004 @ 10:55 AM
This is horribly sad. I can't add any real content, sorry. I always feel bad for people who end up feeling that they have no other way out. I'll echo my agreement as mentioned previously that the internet is a way to meet like- minded individuals.

posted on Oct, 12 2004 @ 12:09 PM

i really dont think you should prevent people from killing themselves

if they really want to go, let them

they are obviously not happy here so let them go

posted on Oct, 12 2004 @ 12:25 PM
And here I thought things like this were just urban ledgions. Guess that explains the movie Suicide Club.

posted on Oct, 12 2004 @ 07:50 PM
This happens all the time I heard about in Tokyo I think due to recent suicides pacts made over the internet etc. This has just come to light with people to me this is a very big problem and somthing needs to be done to stop this kind of thing. I'm sorry to hear about the death's of such young people it's not a nice thing.

posted on Oct, 12 2004 @ 10:32 PM
This is a sad phenomenon, but the role of the internet is only tangential. Clearly, if you post to a group dedicated to depression or some such you're likely to meet up with someone who may be willing to facilitate and share in such an action.

[edit on 04/10/12 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 08:52 PM
You'd think that seven people sharing such an intense common bond would naturally find a happier way out of their situations, but I guess not... They just used each other to build their own courage to do what they couldn't do alone.

The complexities of a truly suicidal psyche are beyond my grasp. Most people think about suicide in their lives, but don't seriously consider it. Ruling out the possibility of suicide, life begins anew as one's attitude towards what really matters improves.

posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 09:45 PM
IS a person suicidal if they truly believe they will keep living without a physical body? not everyone believes we cease to exist after physical death. i don't...

maybe those people were no more "suicidal" than if they were taking a pleasure cruise.

there is nothing you can do when someone really wants to take their life....please spare me that "myth/fact" junk. efforts to disuade such a person will usually result in reminding them of why they want to leave the world in the first place.

this internet suicide pact thing is just going to get worse until the world we live in becomes more user-friendly. until we invent thought detectors, that is.

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