Reports from Japan today say that a 24 year old man took his life live on the Internet.
The suicide occured after the man – who comes from the city of Sendai – had posted complaints about his job online after being placed on extended sick leave from August.
On Sunday night he broadcast his intentions to kill himself on live streaming service Ustream. He had been discussing his views on life with an audience on the site.
His broadcast received feedback from users with some encouraging him to end his life as he planned.
On Tuesday he resumed his broadcast and he hung himself at around 05h30 in the morning.
The Ustream service stopped the broadcast around half an hour later after receiving reports from viewers. The man’s body was found by police later in the morning.
Japan has averaged over 30,000 suicides a year for the past 12 years which is one of the world’s highest suicide rates.