Japan vows to clamp down on suicide websites after ‘despicable’ serial murder of nine

TOKYO – Nearly two weeks after a man was arrested for killing and cutting up nine people, Japan has vowed a concerted response against ‘suicide websites’.

Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, who was nabbed on Oct 31, has confessed to preying on victims who expressed suicidal thoughts on social networking site Twitter, luring them with suicide pacts to die together.

But he reneged on this pact, killing and dismembering his victims whom he found using the hashtag “suicide recruitment”. Nine heads and 240 bones belonging to his nine victims – eight females and one male aged between 15 and 26 – were found at his Kanagawa apartment on Halloween.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Friday (Nov 10) said specific steps to clamp down on websites and social media sites that propagate suicide content will be announced next month.

“The use of Twitter – a social networking site that is difficult to keep an eye on

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