Japanese man commits suicide live on Internet
An unnamed 24-year-old Japanese man committed suicide live on Ustream.tv, reports the Daily Mail. After receiving reports from netizens, police found him dead in his apartment in Sendai, Japan on November 9, at around 8 a.m.
Citing investigators, Yahoo News reports that the man tried to hang himself on a balcony using knotted sheets around 3:45 a.m but the joist buckled under his weight. At 5:30 a.m., the live stream reportedly showed him committing suicide in a different spot. Around 6 a.m., Ustream.tv stopped the broadcast after receiving complaints from viewers.
On November 7, he talked about his plan to commit suicide on Ustream.tv and online forum 2ch.net, according to Yahoo News. Some netizens reportedly tried to talk him out of it while some egged him on.
The Daily Mail reports that the man had been on an extended sick leave from his job in a bank since August. However, The Telegraph said he had been suspended from work.
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, with over 32,000 deaths last year, according to the Daily Mail. The report said the number of Internet-related suicide pacts, majority of which occurred in Japan, has also been increasing.