Long live Diane!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Long live Diane!
So Kato, do you wanna live as long as the man in Japan who is now 115 years old?
I would like to, but there is a problem.
I know… the Japanese government has the world’s second largest public debt and a below replacement birthrate.
You’re telling me, Diane, but there is another problem.
What is it?
Have you ever heard that there are an increasing number of death-wishers in Japan?
Oh, are there?
Yes, look at the following graph.
（出典: 厚生労働省大臣官房統計情報部 人口動態・保健統計課）
(SOURCE: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
There are at least 30,000 people who commit suicide in recent years.
Oh! … No kidding!
I’m not joking. The above graph has been drawn by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. So belive it!
That means, roughly 100 people commit suicide every day in Japan—4 persons per hour. Oh, amazing!
Have you ever thought of committing suicide, Diane?
Oh hell no! God has made this world and all the human beings. Accordingly, nobody is supposed to kill herself or himself without God’s permission.
So, Diane, you’re a born Christian, aren’t you?
Well … regardlessly, life is precious and priceless. You shouldn’t kill yourself. How come the Japanese are so eager to kill themselves?
To tell you the truth, Diane, I’ve never thought of killing myself, though I was born and brought up in Japan.
So, you were and are still a kinda black sheep among all the Japanese, aren’t you?
Yes, I think I am.
Since you were born and brought up in Japan, you must have some idea how come the Japanese are so eager to commit suicide.
Well … there are several famous spots for death-wishers.
Famous spots for death-wishers? Kato, what do you mean by that?
Watch the following picture!
What a beautiful place it is!
You’re absolutely right on, Diane. It is a nice place to visit. That’s the reason the Japanese death-wishers go to the above place and throw themselves over the edge of the cliff.
But it’s too beautiful to throw yourself over the above cliff, isn’t it?
You’re telling me, Diane. I would never do that, myself…’cause I’m too romantic to do such a scary thing.
So, compared to other Japanese people, you’ve got a chicken heart, haven’t you?
No, that’s not right, Diane. I’m so motivated to live as long as the man in Japan who is now 115 years old.
That’s what I thought.
You know, Diane, there is a long tradition in Japan, in which people tend to beautify his or her own death-wish.
If you take a close look at the following video-clip, you’ll understand what I mean by that.
Banzai Cliff Today
Oh, Kato, this is too much for me! I can’t watch it with my peaceful mind.
Nobody could throw herself unless she could beautify her after-life world.
Is there any other hotspot for suicide?
Yes, of course, one of the most famous spots is the maze at the foot of Mount Fuji.
Suicide Forest in Japan
This place is literally called “forest sea (樹海).” Once you step into this sea of woods, you’ll never get out. Hence you’re doomed to die.
Are you serious?
Yes, of course, I’m dead serious. I’ll show you the actual death-wishers.
Death-wishers in the “Foreast Sea”
Oh, Kato, this is too much for me! I can’t watch it with my peaceful mind. What are those people filming the corpses?
But, Kato, you just said a while ago, “Once you step into this sea of woods, you’ll never get out.” I wonder if those curiousity-seekers also died in the forest.
Don’t be silly, Diane. If they had died, how could we possibly see the above video clip?
That’s why I’m asking you, kiddo.
Well … you and I will never commit suicide.
How come you’re so sure?
…’Cause love makes a happy world and you give me a ton of inspiration, which motivates me to live long. Watch the following clip.
What about the above clip?
Diane, you’re the sunshine of my life. That’s why I’ll always be around. You are the apple of my eye. So, forever you’ll stay in my heart, and I’ll live as long as you live.
Oh my goodness … I didn’t know that you’re such an apple-polisher!
Anyway, “Long live Diane!”
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Kimura became the world’s oldest currently living person on Dec. 17, 2012 when 115-year-old Dina Manfredini of Iowa died, according to Guinness and the Gerontology Research Group.
Manfredini was born 15 days before Kimura.
The world’s second-oldest living person, Japanese woman Koto Okubo, turned 115 on Dec. 24, 2012.
Kimura is only the third man in history to reach 115 years of age, Guinness said.
He’s one of just four male supercentenarians, or people aged 110 or more, currently known to be alive.