Suicide Train Line (The Chuo Line)

This, too, happens to be the train line I have to take into Tokyo. The prevalence and history of suicide in Japan is incredibly fascinating, while at the same time, creepy as hell.

Only In Tokyo


Suicide is quite the craze over here.  It’s averaging at around 33000 people a year. Depressed business men apparently the bulk of it.  How scary is that?  OK I know Tokyos population in huge but still (35 million in the Greater Tokyo Area).

One of the more stranger things I discovered over here is that the most suicides in Tokyo take place on train lines (jumping off pass overs and jumping straight off platforms is the most popular ).  Unfortunately my local train line (The Chuo Line)  is the most popular line for ending it all which makes me wonder how many happen in a week.  I have not seen anything yet thankfully but I am well prepared for it.  Usually when I tell people that my local line is the Chuo line it’s always followed by a statement like “ohhh that line..” or “suicide train!”.  It’s renowned for it’s…

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