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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Japan : A new trend in commiting suicide is on the rise

Japan may be one of the most developed countries in the world but also one of the countries with high suicide rates. Every year, large number of people commits suicide in Japan. They use various methods to kill themselves. In recent years, a new trend in suicide has started; using toilet cleaner and bath sulphur to produce poisonous gas. Toilet cleaner and bath sulphur produce hydrogen sulfide; a colorless flammable gas that smells like rotten eggs. It is a way of painless death. The tragedy is that if one person commits suicide the gas produced in the process may spread around and cause death to other people as well. Bloomberg.com reports:

``The people who want to die are looking for a way to die painlessly,'' said Yuzo Kato, the center's director said in a phone interview today. ``Information posted on the Internet around March or April that you can die without suffering by using hydrogen sulfide prompted the recent surge.''

A 24-year-old man apparently committed suicide using hydrogen sulphide gas yesterday, leading to the evacuation of about 350 people in nearby houses on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, according to local police.

Even now, suicide is considered as an act of glory in Japan. Job loss, family crisis and many other matters trigger this mentality among people. The stressful life is also another major reason. The good thing is that situation is now changing. Earlier, men with mental illness were embarrassed to go to the psychiatrist but the younger generation is coming forward and seeking help.

Related articles:

The foreigner Japan

CBS News

Bloomberg

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