Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

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A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

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A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

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Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

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Space Invaders Bank +

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Japan suicide fad crosses the pond +

Suicide victum in CaliforniaRemember the wave of suicides that happened last year in Japan due to the toxic hydrogen sulfide mixture? Well, it has now officially traveled across the pond here to the U.S.

Turns out that there were over 500 deaths in Japan due to the mixture. Here in the states, there have been more than one case of the suicide attempt. In August of 2008, police found a car with a note on the side warning of gas. Inside the VW Beetle, they found a dead man. Later in the year, there was a man also found inside his car with a bucket containing a yellow substance. On the window, he left a note warning people of the compound by name.

It wasn’t until last month that a Texas doctor realized that these two cases were linked to what happened in Japan. Dr Paul Pepe, chief of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, then put out a warning to emergency workers that if they were not careful, they too could be a victum of the gases. Luckily the two cases here in the states have left a warning message. The bath sulfer that’s used in the Japanese version isn’t commonly available here. So the recipe has been changed to include a common insecticide.

The Japanese suicides became a popular item in the news due to the constant reporting. I can’t blame the news agencies because they are just doing their job, but it was an unfortunate side effect. If this story becomes news here in the states, I can see the trend continuing especially in these depressing times for our economy. What do you think?

Via Wired.

27 Responses to “Japan suicide fad crosses the pond”

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    GlennNo Gravatar Says:

    I think that while unfortunate it’s irrelevant wether or not this method is reported. If someone truly wants to commit Suicide then they will find a way – It’s not really like it’s hard to kill yourself any Idiot can do it and often do.

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    en güzel oyunlarNo Gravatar Says:

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    en güzel oyunlarNo Gravatar Says:

    perfect post, thanks.

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    ediNo Gravatar Says:

    U.S people have to be carful now. I hope they take good care of this chaos.

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    antalya haberNo Gravatar Says:

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    Ask ve CezaNo Gravatar Says:

    Funny hehe

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    Hendersonville real estateNo Gravatar Says:

    Suicide is not the answer to depression, although I do admit that a person in depression feels very down and lonely but still it’s not an easy way out. And I am sure not many people would be opting for it as the economy begins to recover slowly.

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    sohbetNo Gravatar Says:

    U.S people have to be carful now. I hope they take good care of this chaos. thanks

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    sohbetNo Gravatar Says:

    Funny hehe

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    Short Sale NCNo Gravatar Says:

    Fascinating article. Had no idea the issue had made its way to the US.

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    nakliyatNo Gravatar Says:

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    pub quiz questionsNo Gravatar Says:

    Always worrying to hear. Lets hope this does not keep happening.

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    Live TVNo Gravatar Says:

    sicidal rate seems to be high in Japan

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    Fascinating article. Had no idea the issue had made its way to the US. ;)

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