Too Lonely to Die Alone: Internet Suicide Pacts and Existential Suffering in Japan

@article{OzawadeSilva2008TooLT,
  title={Too Lonely to Die Alone: Internet Suicide Pacts and Existential Suffering in Japan},
  author={Chikako Ozawa-de Silva},
  journal={Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry},
  year={2008},
  volume={32},
  pages={516-551}
}
Most striking in the recent rise of suicide in Japan are the increase in suicide among young Japanese and the emergence of Internet suicide pacts. An ethnography of suicide-related Web sites reveals a distinctive kind of existential suffering among visitors that is not reducible to categories of mental illness and raises questions regarding the meaning of an individual “choice” to die, when this occurs in the context of an intersubjective decision by a group of strangers, each of whom is too… 

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