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Aokigahara, A Forest Haunted By Tragedy

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Aokigahara, located near Mt. Fuji in Japan, is colloquially known as the Suicide Forest. It's one of the top three most popular sites for suicide in the world, and many people consider it second only to the Golden Gate Bridge. Every year, the bodies of suicide victims are discovered in the area, despite signs that have been erected with slogans such as, "Your life is a precious gift from your parents." Some credit the 1960 novel "Kuroi Jukai" for instilling this site with its macabre reputation, as the story includes a character who commits suicide in the forest.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Aokigahara, a forest near Mt. Fuji in Japan, is one of the most popular sites for suicide in the world. 01:14

  2. Compasses don't work inside Aokigahara because of magnetic iron deposits in the soil. 02:29

  3. Statistics on the number of suicides that occur in Aokigahara annually are no longer released to the public. 03:27

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