完全自殺マニュアル (The Complete Manual of Suicide)
The Complete Manual of Suicide is a Japanese book written by Wataru Tsurumi. It was first published on July 4, 1993 and sold more than one million copies.
This 198 page book provides explicit descriptions and analysis on a wide range of suicide methods such as overdosing, hanging, jumping, and carbon monoxide poisoning. It is not a suicide manual for the terminally ill. There is no preference shown for painless or dignified ways of ending one’s life. The book provides matter-of-fact assessment of each method in terms of the pain it causes, effort of preparation required, the appearance of the body and lethality. Since the book was intended to be a manual, the author did not spend too much space on discussing the reasons and philosophy behind suicide. Although he does rhetorically pose the question “Why must one live?” Wataru simply lays out the methods of suicide one by one and then analyzes each of them in detail.
The book neither encourages nor discourages suicide, and as well does not tell those considering suicide to seek help, though wordings such as “completely painless” and “marvelous experience” are used to indicate that certain methods are less painful and more fatal than others.