Unfortunately, the more younger people there are using the Web, the more suicides we're going to see. The Internet has brought a lot of convenience to Japan, but it has brought with it a lot of ills.
Many young people try to kill themselves but can't carry through. But when a group of strangers meet on an Internet suicide site, and someone suggests a specific way to die ... that's the dangerous dynamic behind the recent group suicides.
When Japan was poor, families did more things together out of necessity. But now its increasingly all about the individual. This leaves people more isolated and likely to contemplate suicide.
Depressed, young people and the Internet - it's a very dangerous mix.
When Japan was poor, families did more things together out of necessity, like sharing a bath or eating together, and the community was much more important, especially in rural communities.