Couple films own suicide jumping in front of train in Sapporo, streams it online


A young couple who committed suicide by jumping in front of an express train in Sapporo on Saturday night is believed to have filmed their death and streamed it live online, police said Monday.

According to police, the two — a man and a woman, both around the age of 20 — jumped in front of an express train at Naebo Station on the JR Hakodate line at 11:15 p.m. on Saturday. The train driver saw them jumping from the platform and applied the emergency brake but couldn't stop in time, Sankei Shimbun reported.

A smartphone with an attached video camera to it, positioned strategically to capture the two, was picked up from the platform, police said. An acquaintance of the two contacted police after the couple’s death, telling them that he “saw the whole thing online.” Police believe that the two were live streaming their own suicide, granting access to the video only to a limited audience.

The two were residents of Tokyo, police said, but there is no information on why they had traveled to Hokkaido to end their lives.

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Let's hope this doesn't become a new trend.

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This tragedy was not spontaneous - it required setting up with the forethought that goes with that.

Reminds me of a Donald Ritchie portrait of a film director who topped himself in a similar way, just recalling Ritchie's final lines, ' ... this life was just too much'.

This time I think that death was too much - how screwed up the 'limited audience' of the streaming are going to be, if they are not already.

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Tanabata season, hmmm. but aside the suicide, it caused delays, missed flights, rebooked hotels some  couldn't get one at the last minute etc. now who will pay for the damages in delays and change of schedules...the family members left behind?

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Why does Tokyo spawn this aberrant behavior?

Jumping to grand conclusions based on one incident?

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Ah, Japan! A never ending list of different ways people kill themselves. I'm sure this comes from 'the nail that stands up must be hammered down' mentality. So many young people just want to be noticed as an individual and sadly, many of them do it through suicide.

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Oh yes Disillusioned it must be that old hammer and nail thing again (every foreigner who doesn’t speak Japanese mentions it to me).

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The headline says Sapporo... 'Reckless' bames Tokyo for the aberrant behavior.

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Thanks, JT, for not posting the video. No doubt there are plenty of ghouls watching at home as it goes viral.

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Let's hope this doesn't become a new trend.

Filming and live streaming a suicide on social media has been going on for years now around the world, but hopefully not going to be a trend in Japan.

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Naebo is practically central Sapporo. There is both a hospital and a mental clinic nearby. A pity that they did not seek help from one of those facilities. One certainly sympathizes with all those adversely affected by their thoughtless way of ending their lives, especially the train driver. The act of suicide of course has historically been viewed a little differently in Japan than many other places, but it is the method and the impact on others which especially horrifies us.

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Something that happens daily (really?) cannot, by definition, be aberrant....

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Sickening. Why does Tokyo spawn this aberrant behavior?

Suicide happens countrywide.

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...and apparently it occurred to no-one to try to talk this couple out of it and/or contact the police...

I'm gonna take a guess and say their friends were sent an invite to watch without being told what it was.

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As long as media keeps showing their need for fame they will keep doing stupid and criminal acts. Many just want a grand epitaph and have suicidal destiny. COPY CAT CRIMES

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Suicide is the worst thing a person can do, especially a healthy person. The scars it leaves behind are never healed. I wish these people who want to kill themselves would consider that. If you want to die....go to the Middle East and fight radical Islam, you will die, but you also might find a will and reason to live. So many people are depressed due to lack of money and not living the life of the Kardashians, them and that 1% of the World's population, are just that, the one percent, do you really want to be like them or is it just the money??!

We watched "Wakamonotachi 2014" this past weekend, what a great show that was! You can be poor, and be happy, it's all how you look at life. If you're wealthy and miserable, then materialism is your enemy and you it's greatest ally.

This couple, how their signs were missed by family and friends is something those people will have to live with....again...the scars left behind. It has nothing to do with the city of Tokyo, or Sapparo, but both cities now have another scar to live with.

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This is just terrible. It is sad these 2, with a whole life ahead of them, felt they had to do this.

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Barriers need to be installed at more stations to prevent such tragedies.

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To factchecker...the 2 were someone’s son and someone’s daughter. Possibly someone’s brother and sister. Does that mean nothing to you?

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20? That's too young.

Sadly, people take their own lives for a myriad of different reasons. It could be domestic pressure, parental pressure, life in general. Or maybe the person(s) are concerned at man's inhumanity to man. Gosh only knows.

If you want to die....go to the Middle East and fight radical Islam, you will die, but you also might find a will and reason to live.

Thanks but I'd rather not kill anyone, ever. If I chose to end my life, that's my decision. I don't need a mission to justify it.

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Barriers need to be installed at more stations to prevent such tragedies.

Barriers just make such suicides a little more difficult. It’s not like someone would fear hurting himself going over a barrier.

As a father of two of that age I realize that some young people’s concept of time and mortality are different from older folks’. I wonder how often they and their parents and elders (and more stable peers) talked about the meaning of life. There are different opinions on the subject.

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Every time I ride the train here I wonder how many people have similar feelings....

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You’d think if they’d found each other they could have weathered the slings and arrows that is life. Instead , Life over just as it was beginning. Very sad and to stream it is particularly macabre.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Suicide is a choice.  Streaming it online is a choice.  both symptoms of the increasingly difficult and bizarre world we live in.

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bpsitrepToday 01:23 am JST

'Suicide is the worst thing a person can do, especially a healthy person.'

Clearly you are unfamiliar with the main reasons/motivations for suicide.

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It's very sad moment for the couple of suicides but it's so hard for the train's driver.

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Very young to find only that action to vanish themselves from this world, but please not to be filmed! I remind myself to see that movie Romeo and Juliet when in my youth. RIP you together, really sad this incident...

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Correction: RIP them together.

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