An American YouTube star has provoked a barrage of criticism after it published a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.
The video showed Logan Paul and his friends in the forest of Aokigahara at the base of Mount Fuji, known for being a frequent site of suicides.
In the movie “enchanted” forest, he finds a dead body and is surprised, but also make jokes.
The reviews online have called the video “disrespectful” and “disgusting”.
The video was uploaded on Sunday and had millions of hits on Youtube before it was taken down.
Logan Paul, who has more than 15 million subscribers on Youtube, has since posted an apology on Twitter, saying that he had been “deceived by shock and awe”.
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Aokigahara has a tragic reputation in Japan and internationally as a destination for people who want to kill themselves.
The actual number of suicides each year is not made public, to avoid the publicity of the web. Signs in the forest urging people to seek medical help instead of taking their own life.
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world.
The 15-minute video is part of a series of posts in Japan, where the US vlogger is a trip with friends.
Go on a visit to the jungle with the intention of focusing on the “haunted” aspect of it, he says in the video.
After walking a short distance into the forest, the group come across a body.
The group is filmed approaching the body, which is shown in various close-ups, where only the face is blurred.
A member of the group is heard off camera saying that “not feeling well”, the Lord Paul then asks: “What, never standing next to a dead guy?”. Then he laughs.
The identity of the deceased man is not known.
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On Monday, Logan the name of Paul was to trend worldwide on Twitter. Despite the fact that some people said that he had helped to raise awareness, the comments were very negative.
The reviews online have accused him of acting inappropriately and being disrespectful. Some have called for his whole channel to be removed from YouTube.
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In its apology, posted on his Twitter page, Lord Paul said: “I am surrounded by good people and I think that to make good decisions, but I am still a human being. I could be wrong.”
He goes on to say that he wanted to “make a positive wave in the internet, not because of a monsoon of negativity”, by raising awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
The lord Paul said in the video that he is not making money with the content. YouTube, which pays providers from the content of the videos that garner above a certain number of hits, did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.
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