Originally Posted by Melk
The Japanese forest gets way too much mainstream western press. People commit suicide just by jumping in front of the JR trains in Tokyo and Osaka more often than would normally be considered acceptable in western countries.
A lot of suicides in Japan are re-categorized as accidental by investigators when people do things like run a gas heater without opening a vent or window. In the scheme of things, that forest isn't even comparable to many famous bridges in the US.
I watched a show about that on Ancient Aliens Last night. It was very intriguing on how Mt Fuji is actually a host mountain to Alien life forms and having them mentally control humans that get to close to the entrances and source of there power. They cause them to commit suicide to keep it a secret from the humans in power.