Aokigahara Suicide Forest

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People end their lives for different reasons but usually suicide is an escape. Escape from pain, humiliation, fear, shame, traumatic events. There are many things in life that might push a person to the edge. It is no surprise that in Japanese society, where exist so many social rules and complicated relationships, the suicide rate is relatively high. From a foreigner’s point of view, some of the issues that push Japanese men and woman into such a desperate move may look strange or even ridiculous. Unlike the U.S., in Japan the majority of people who commit suicide are of young to middle age, healthy and with better than average social status and income. Yet, many of them decide to die and come to the Aokigahara forest near Mount Fuji to take their lives. 

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