This really piqued my curiosity and I tried to search for an english version of the book.
Complete Suicide Manual) is a Japanese book written by Wataru Tsurumi. This 198 page book provides explicit descriptions and analysis on a wide range of suicide methods such as overdose, hanging, jumping, and carbon monoxide poisoning. image Several years ago, I found an okay translation of the books preface and just dug up a document Id copied and pasted it to. This book has been found on bodies in the famous Aokigahara Forest and the preface itself provides a very dark insight into a certain mindset of youth and young adults at a very particular time in Japans history - a time which saw the aftermath of the economys bubble collapse (refered to as The Lost Decade), the ripples of which stretched far and wide across the country - among the other, usual factors (discussed in the text to come.) Culturally, I feel this is some striking and unique stuff. The Complete Manual of Suicide Foreword This book describes the methods of committing suicide in detail. Long ago, the topic why do young people commit suicide? Nevertheless, the questions, why cant I commit suicide?, why must I stay alive? Theres a need for a book, which can help one to commit suicide, to take actual actions, but not just having the idea in mind. Books with such aims were once published ten years ago - The Ways to Commit Suicide is an example. We only need to know the ways to commit suicide, not any other unrelated things. And this book will be the only suicide machine in Japan, making use of words. But to help you understand the question Why do we need to commit suicide now? Happiness keeps on emerging repeatedly at a slow pace. Substantial events keep on emerging repeatedly at a slow pace. Another brick in the wall A bridge maze suicide event took place in Japan in 1978. In a diary which belonged to one of the two sisters, four straight lines and several sidelines were drawn on one of the pages, forming a maze (a form of game finding the root by following the lines drawn.) Under the diagram, the following were found, Japanese, Commit Suicide, ROS, Three Houses (Families that would be eligible for Tokugawa shogunate.) These incomprehensible words. The line being drawn on that particular page led to Commit Suicide. Their parents couldnt understand the motive behind their daughters decision to commit suicide, therefore the conclusion that the girls died for the maze was formed. Therefore the sayings, life is valuable, you should not commit suicide, if you stay alive, everything will have a turning point, your friends and relatives will feel sad for your death, so you have to stay alive can all be put aside; these are not convincing anymore. The convincing words which can stop one from committing suicide vanish; the signal for committing suicide emerges. Yes, you can commit suicide. If you feel discomfort, resentment or even pain in your daily life at school or at work, you can take one step across that thin line into death. You will retire at 60 years old, and spend the rest of you life enjoying your habits. If this is the case, living an ordinary life is meaningless. You are not living your own life. He says I can take the drug and commit suicide whenever I need to.
After reading it, I'm convinced that access to the book should be less restricted, as the best way to prevent unnecessary suicides is rational thinking.
I will be brief: this book is an absolute atrocity and I believe the author and the publishers should be held accountable for their possible contribution to the suicide of others.
Not that I will ever get to read it unless I could understand Japanese.