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

  title={Too Lonely to Die Alone: Internet Suicide Pacts and Existential Suffering in Japan},
  author={Chikako Ozawa-de Silva},
  journal={Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry},
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… 

Shared Death: Self, Sociality and Internet Group Suicide in Japan

It is argued that participation in Internet suicide forums and the act of Internet group suicide result from both a need for social connectedness and the fear of social rejection and isolation that this need engenders.

The Role of Societal Change toward Adolescent Suicide in Japan: Phenomenological Analysis on 12 Suicidal Teens Film by Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Suicide cases are still a big challenge for Japan, even though in the 21st century, the government began to pay attention to and follow up on this phenomenon. While Japan's suicide rate among adults

“Life is about trying to find a better place to live”: Discourses of dwelling in a pro-recovery suicide forum

  • Mike Alvarez
  • Psychology
    Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare
  • 2022
In the two decades since the advent of Web 2.0, scholars of cybersuicide have identified many beneficial and harmful uses of the internet. However, the discursive meanings interactionally created by

Internet suicide: Communities of affirmation and the lethality of communication

  • R. Niezen
  • Psychology
    Transcultural psychiatry
  • 2013
The paradox of a potentially life-affirming effect of such forums runs counter to a stark dualism between online therapy versus “prochoice” forums and to simple models of the influence of ideas on the lethality of suicide.

In the eyes of others: Loneliness and relational meaning in life among Japanese college students

It is proposed that in Japan, relationships, especially those that include a strong perceived sense of being needed, are the foundation for meaning in life, but that such a strong need to be needed is also a manifestation of the fear of loneliness and social rejection.

The Suicide Forest: A Marxist Analysis of the High Suicide Rate in Japan

Suicide in Japan is a significant issue. The samurai warrior who commits hari-kari (hara-kiri) and the kamikaze pilot have long been icons of self-immolation. But even today the suicide rate in Japan

The production of pro-suicide content on the internet: A counter-discourse activity

It is argued that the production of pro-suicide content on the internet should be seen as a counter-discourse, directed against socially dominant perceptions of suicide, based on a qualitative analysis.

Reconstructing Priestly Identity and Roles and the Development of Socially Engaged Buddhism in Contemporary Japan

The connection between Buddhist teachings and practice and issues of social justice is today referred to as socially engaged Buddhism. The mainstream Japanese Buddhism's response to the era was

‘Closed world, wounds open. Open world, wounds closed’: metacultural commentaries on digital media and youth suicide in Jan Komasa’s Suicide Room

ABSTRACT Despite the attention funnelled towards cinematic representations of suicide, there is a dearth of writings on filmic depictions of cybersuicide, especially those relating to adolescents and

Inheriting the Legacy of the Souls of the War Dead

This paper analyses a narrative film Mitama wo Tsugumono sourced from the Yūshūkan museum adjacent to the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. Taken as a particular manifestation of the broad nationalist



Is loneliness a psychological dysfunction? A literary study of the phenomenon of loneliness.

The main findings are that loneliness is understood as a complex dimension in the authors' lives and it can be experienced at many levels, and the phenomenon of loneliness is not a psychological dysfunction.

In Search of Self in India and Japan

Drawing on work with Indian and Japanese patients, a prominent American psychoanalyst explores inner worlds that are markedly different from the Western psyche. A series of fascinating case studies

The Rise of Eating Disorders in Japan: Issues of Culture and Limitations of the Model of “westernization”

Two particular dimensions of culture in contemporary Japan are explored: (1) gender development and gender role expectations for females coming of age and (2) beauty ideals and the role of weight and shape concerns in the etiology of eating disorders.

Interpretations of elder suicide, stress, and dependency among rural Japanese

This article explores ideas expressed by older, rural Japanese to explain suicide among their age peers. It also looks at how older Japanese conceptualize residing with children and grandchildren in

Culture and suicide: from a Japanese psychiatrist's perspective.

  • Y. Takahashi
  • Psychology
    Suicide & life-threatening behavior
  • 1997
This article explains how a Japanese psychiatrist diagnose and treat suicidal patients against the backgrounds of Japanese culture by presenting his way of thinking in daily practice in order to show similarities and differences that exist in Japanese suicide, treatment, and prevention.

Pursuit of Psychological Well-Being (Ikigai) and the Evolution of Self-Understanding in the Context of Caregiving in Japan

Show Japanese family caregivers of elderlyparents with dementia pursue, maintain, or attempt to regain their psychological well-being in the face of the hardship of caregiving.

Religiousness: Its Relation to Loneliness, Neuroticism and Subjective Well-Being

In this study, 115 women and 91 men aged between 15 and 87 completed a questionnaire concerning religious beliefs, religious behavior, loneliness, neuroticism, and subjective well-being. The various

Mortuary Rituals in Japan: The Hegemony of Tradition and the Motivations of Individuals

Despite rapid social change, traditional mortuary rituals persist in contemporary Japan, and most Japanese ascribe their continuous compliance with tradition to cultural hegemony. In this article, I

Feeling Lonely: Theoretical Perspectives

The author examines the existing body of theoretical knowledge regarding the phenomenon of feeling lonely and his perspective is the human becoming theory, in which health is viewed as the way individuals live what is important to them.

Doing one's duty: chronological age, felt autonomy, and subjective well‐being

Existential, psychosocial, and organismic theories propose that human beings tend towards greater autonomy over the lifespan, and that greater autonomy is associated with greater happiness. We tested