has anyone else seen this ?

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  1. mista geechee

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    apparently there was a knife attack in tokyo where a man ran down a busy street and , for 3 minutes , stabbed 17 people , killing 7.

    wow

    fucking wow

    talk about grand theft auto : san andreas gone wrong.

    excuse teh dark sense of humor

    full story - Seven die in Tokyo knife attack rampage - Scotsman.com News

    doesnt japan also have an unusually high suicide rate?
     
  2. TurkeyWithaSunburn

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    I saw that and that struck me as extremely odd. Japanese, typically, don't act out in violent ways. The guy apparently wanted to die, and wanted to take others with him.

    Japan does have a high suicide rate. Lately mixing detergents and dying of the gas. That way your neighbors also get sick at the least. Sure beats suicide pact clubs on the internet and first (and last) meeting in person, is over a lovely charcoal stove.
     
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    The Japanese have historically often viewed suicide as honorable. They have no law against it. It's considered noble to kill oneself to avoid shame.
    This is changing a bit. Now, they're more aware of mental illness as a precipitating factor.
    Japan ranks ninth in the world in terms of its suicide rate. (The U.S. is 43rd.)
     
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    Sad news indeed
     
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    Yes I saw that on the news a few days ago. Japan is one of many Asian countries where death by suicide is considered honorable and is covered by insurance companys.


    Suicide in Japan
    Death be not proud

    May 1st 2008 | TOKYO - From The Economist print edition

    A rash of suicides horrifies Japan



    “DO NOT open! Gas being created!” Written in red felt-tip pen and affixed to a door, they are among the last words of a 14-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, who took her life on April 23rd. The warning followed the advice of a website that also provided instructions for creating hydrogen-sulphide gas by mixing toilet-bowl cleaner with bath salts.

    This simple method of suicide claimed some 60 lives in April—mainly of people in their teens or 20s—and around another 20 earlier this year. The colourless, pungent gas does not dissipate easily. So bystanders and would-be rescuers are put at risk. The girl's mother was hospitalised and around 100 neighbours had to evacuate their homes.


    Yet this is only the latest, macabre, technique in a country that suffers an epidemic of suicides. Japan has one of the highest suicide rates among rich countries. Cultural factors are partly at play. Japanese society rarely lets people bounce back from the perceived shame of failure or bankruptcy. Suicide is sometimes even met with approval—as facing one's fate, not shirking it. The samurai tradition views suicide as noble (though perhaps out of self-interest, since captured warriors were treated gruesomely). Japan's main religions, Buddhism and Shintoism, are neutral on suicide, unlike Abrahamic faiths that explicitly prohibit it.

    Yet economic woes play an even bigger role. Suicide rates increased sharply in the mid-1990s as the economy soured, and have remained high since (even as the economy has improved slightly). Financial concerns are cited in one-fifth of suicide notes; almost half of all suicides are unemployed. Some take their lives so that surviving family members can collect insurance, which has led insurance firms to defer payments for two or three years as a deterrent. For the same reason, Japan Railway charges suicide victims' families for the cost of the inconvenience and clean-up.

    Last year the government instituted measures such as a counselling service and hotlines, with the aim of cutting the suicide rate by 20% in nine years. But these are palliatives. More important would be a change in social attitudes. Suicide might be less common if, rather than force people to endure lifelong shame, Japanese society began to allow its people second chances.


    Suicide as Japan's Major Export
    Suicides in Japan certain to top 30,000 for 10th straight year
    Why are there so many suicides in Japan?
     
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    OMG that poor girl and those people who got stabbed!
     
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    Pretty impressive, anyone can use a high capacity magazine, rapid-fire gun, but a knife ?
     
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