Enemy - The Suicide

May 31, 2008 2:28pm CST
While I go throgh the Indian Express (The daily English news paper )- I came across the very interesting and a horrendous topic - The topic is like this - Heading of the discussion is - Japan's polite poisonings - Japan's new recipe for killing oneself is being purged from the internet at police request.Drug stores are pulling ingredients from shelves.Still,three more young people were found dead earlier this month,part of the latest fad in Japanese suicide- painless death by stinky degree fumes. A recent headline in the weekly Asahi noted that " The Remains Turn Green Like Aliens" About 300 people-mostly in 20s and 30s - have died in Japan in the past year by mixing common cleaning agents and inhaling the resulting hydrogen sulphide.The number has soared this spring, with about 50 deaths in April. The epicentre is central Tokyo. Since January ,atleast 34 people have taken the fumes. Suicide by hydrogen sulphide does more than turn bodied green.As the Japanese press has exhaustively explained,it can sicken people nearby.The colourless gas,which smell like rotten egg , is heavier than air. When it escapes a room where someone wants to die , it tends not to dissipate. At near lethal concentrations.It can drift into nearby apartments. Japan has a high threshold of suicide tolerence.Ritual Self-disembowelment with sword was an admired way of maintaining one's honour in feudal times and through World war -II. Using tidier,less painful techniques,suicide is an escape hatch for Japanese unwilling to endure shame of failure. More than 30000 Japanese kill themselves annually.Japanese suicide rate is almost double that of United States. Death by detergent fumes,how ever,appear to have exceeded Japanese tolerence levels,primarily because most of the dead are gloomy young people. They find the recipe online.Then they gather small groups to mix up a batch and die together in apartments or cars. To head them off,internet providers have followed police instructions and removed at least 56 references to the recipe recently. The hydrogen-sulphide fad is part of persistent trend in internet-assisted suicide that police in Japan began tracking in 2003. That is when would-be suicides using anonymous screen names began hooking up online with like minded strangers.They arranged dates at which they would overdose on sleeping pills.Alternatively they would pack into a car and kill themselves with carbon monoxide.There were 61 such cases, with 180 deaths,between 2003 and 2005, according to press account.
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