Police in Yamanashi Prefecture said Friday that a 41-year-old man arrested on a charge of abandoning the body of a woman in her 20s in a forest, met the woman through a suicide website.
According to people familiar with this case, the woman, who lived in Fukui Prefecture, had implied having a death wish to her family and friends and it is most likely that she met the suspect, Akinori Yoneda, through a website where people with suicidal thoughts gather and communicate with each other, Fuji TV quoted police as saying.
The body of the woman, who is believed to have committed suicide, was found on March 30 by a "suicide patrol" in Aokigahara forest, near Mount Fuji. It is a well-known suicide destination, referred to by locals as “jukai” which means “sea of trees.” The media call it the "Suicide Forest.”
Yoneda, a resident of Tokyo, was also suicidal and was prescribed a tranquilizer by a doctor at a hospital.
Police identified Yoneda as a suspect from the woman's contact list, but he has denied the charge of abandonment of a corpse.© Japan Today