Aokigahara Suicide Forest

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Aokigahara is Japan's famous Suicide Forest. Covering 35-square-kilometres at the base of Mount Fuji. It is very easy to get lost in the trees and there are many grottos and caves which combined with a long mythology of angry ghosts has made this forest reportedly the most popular site for suicides in Japan.
Local officials have tried to reduce the notorious reputation of the forest by refusing to declare suicide numbers and have placed signs at the forest's entry points asking suicidal visitors to seek help and think of their families. Searches for bodies have been carried out periodically, especially after the winter season, by local police and volunteers since 1970
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