Every year in Japan, consistently, about 30,000 people take their own lives. Although the government has stepped up its efforts to reduce the suicide rate, it continues to be a perplexing and disturbing phenomenon.
Aokigahara Forest lies at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and since the 1950’s has been the most popular destination for those who have given up all hope. Signs at the entrance plead with visitors to think about their loved ones and gives the number for a suicide prevention center. The police make annual treks into the forest to search for bodies – and in recent years have found over 100 of them each year.
Vice TV shot the haunting documentary above called “Suicide Forest,” which follows a geologist as he enters the forest on suicide patrol.