The forest is just one of the places of tragedy. Japan has the highest suicide rate in the group of seven industrialized nations, according to a report published on Tuesday. A total of 32,249 people committed suicide in Japan last year, or 23.7 suicides per 100,000 people in 2008. Annual suicide rates in Japan have exceeded 30,000 for the past decade. With 24,846 suicides reported through September, this year's figures are nearing the 2003 record of 34,427. Health problems are the main cause for suicides, accounting for 65% of all cases, followed by financial and family problems. Police have blamed the rise in the suicide rate on the worsening economic situation in the country amid the global financial crisis and large-scale job losses. From Wikipedia: Typically most suicides are men, with over 71% of suicides in 2007 being male. The rate among the over-60 population is also high, but people in their thirties are most likely to commit suicide. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people under 30. The most frequent location for suicides is in Aokigahara, a forested area at the base of Mount Fuji. In the period leading up to 1988, about 30 suicides occurred there every year. In 1999, 74 occurred,[the record until 2002 when 78 suicides were found. The area is patrolled by police looking for suicides, and that same year 83 people intending suicide were found and taken into protective custody. Railroad tracks are also a common place for suicide, and the Chūō Rapid Line is particularly known for a high number
Sad forest of ghosts may be disturbing pictures in first link Legend has it there was a fierce battle in this forest ages ago, and the restless souls of those who perished then continue to haunt the area and call for more dead. Legend also has it that it's easy to lose to lose your way here, and there are dangers including sinkholes and collapsed lava tubes. The forest is not always silent.