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5 found dead in suspected group suicide in Tokyo

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Unknown gender?

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Around noon today Asahi Digital was reporting them as the 37-year-old man who lived at the residence, two women in their 20s from the Kanto area, a woman in her 40s, and another man whose identity was unknown.

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oops, slipped and hit “post”

In other words, the unknown part is the man’s identity, not gender.

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I have a difficult time comprehending the psychology of group suicide. Outside of a cult I would assume that killing oneself would essentially be an intrinsically individual decision.

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 I would assume that killing oneself would essentially be an intrinsically individual decision.

There is a certain comfort in numbers I imagine.

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The reason why people commit suicide in numbers and not alone is because our bodies have an immediate instinct to save itself. Bercause of the body’s instinct, someone who is suicidal might stop in the middle of the process because of their instinct to survive, even if they are mentally resolved to die. Having other people there, as a group, makes the “success” rate increase. You might notice that the “success” rate of suicides with methods that are fast and difficult to second guess (like guns, trains, falling from great heights) more often result in death than the methods where it is easier to change their mind during, such as CO2 poisoning, most other poisoning, overdose of pills, drowning, bleeding, hanging, etc.

Anyway, suicides are heart breaking and I hope this can help us all resolve to show people that we care more often than before you read this article.

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Unknown gender?

They apparently set the room on fire.

So the body could have been badly burned, to the point where the person's gender couldn't be immediately determined.

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@Faith Elizabeth Hollett - The reason why people commit suicide in numbers and not alone is because our bodies have an immediate instinct to save itself. Bercause of the body’s instinct, someone who is suicidal might stop in the middle of the process because of their instinct to survive, even if they are mentally resolved to die.

Oh, so multiple suicides is a good thing because it's a sure thing? How interesting! Perhaps it would have been better if one of them did have the instinct to live and stopped the rest of them as well. Perhaps!

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Faith Elizabeth Hollett.... interesting analysis on a heartbreaking event.

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HakmanJuly 14  10:26 pm JST

“They apparently set the room on fire.”

Do you have a link for that or can you tell us where you heard that ? None of the reports I’ve seen indicate that. If there had been such a fire why did no neighbors or passerby notice and call the firefighters? The usual method here is to light charcoal briquettes in a hibachi or such to produce the fumes that will kill but without causing a fire. I haven’t seen anything to indicate that’s not the case this time.

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Quincey ME could identify gender from a pile of ash.... just sayin'

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So sad. People need to reach out and talk about what they are going to do. RIP.

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