Japan’s Evaporating People.
This is a chilling and sad article by Maureen Callahan for the New York Post. There appears to be a depth of shame in the culture that is unfamiliar to many of us who are outsiders to Japan and her people. Suicides are at times seen as honourable in this profoundly conservative society, while the preciousness of life seems secondary. Evidence of this are the popular suicide destinations of the 35 sq km Aokigahara Forest also known as the Suicide Forest, near the northwest base of Mount Fuji, and Tojinbo Cliff in Fukui Prefecture. Sanya, the yakuza-administered city of “the disappeared or evaporating” people that is profiled here, is an eye-opener. Since the mid-1990s, an estimated 100,000 people tragically disappeared annually. Hope is so important.
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