Japanese Police Want Suicide Instructions Removed From the Internet

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 1, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Japanese Police Want Suicide Instructions Removed From the Internet

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 1
, 2008

Tokyo, Japan (LifeNews.com) — The posting of specific instructions on the Internet about how to commit suicide is drawing a strong reaction from Japanese police. They want Internet companies to remove the information or to block access to it, and the move has the support of one leading anti-euthanasia advocate.

The instructions reveal how to produce a deadly hydrogen sulphide gas detergent and dozens of people have already used the impromptu manual to commit suicide.

It appears 48 people have already killed themselves as a result of the instructions.

Although the government has no plans to intervene, the National Police Agency has asked Internet service providers, telecom firms and cable broadcasters to help, according to a Radio Australia report.

Alex Schadenberg, the head of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, told LifeNews.com on Thursday he thinks getting the instructions removed or blocked is a good idea.

"The euthanasia lobby likes to talk about choice and the right of competent people to make decisions about their own autonomy," he said. "The reality is that the euthanasia lobby is really about creating a ‘right to die’ meaning that people would have the right to have someone else directly involved in their death at the time of their choosing."

"The euthanasia lobby really doesn’t care that their utopian vision directly threatens the lives of vulnerable people," he added.

"Remember, choice is a euphemism that is used by the euthanasia lobby to push a radical agenda for an international ‘right’ to die," Schadenberg said.

"Victims of suicide do not choose death, but rather die out of an extreme feeling of hopelessness that is often related to depression, mental illness or breakdown."