Suicide Club (Jisatsu circle) 2002. A mystery/thriller/gorefest/musical motion picture directed by Sono Shion. Summary on Amazon.com: A wave of unexplainable suicides sweeps across Tokyo after 54 smiling high school girls join hands and throw themselves from a subway platform into an oncoming train. Are the jumpers part of a cult? What is the connection to the website that chronicles suicides...before they happen? And, what is the connection to the Japanese all-girl pop group "Desert?" Suicide Club is a stylish, bizarre thriller that examines pop culture and disaffected youth.
CBS World News October 12, 2004: Nine bodies were found in two parked cars Tuesday with charcoal stoves at their feet and the windows sealed from inside in what is believed to be Japan's largest group suicide pact. More
Another dispatch reporting from Tokyo here.
A 24-year-old man who died in western Tsu city on March 5 last year said in his note: "We don't know the reason why we want to die. We've got together to die peacefully."
A collection of DVDs for a Net group suicide are available on the Internet for ¥3112 ($38).
One website includes a poem by a person named R. Ueki which encourages group suicide:
Now, let's commit a pure group suicide.
You, meagre young people. There is no point for you to stick to your life.
Suicide is the only thing you can choose.
It's the last glorious seal you will be able to leave behind.
Japan's suicide rates are among the highest in the world. According to the National Police Agency, 34,427 people committed suicide in Japan in 2003.
Officials have blamed a decade-long economic slump for an increasing number of people killing themselves.