Year: 1989 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.19, no.3, (Fall 1989), p.289-296 SIEC No: 19900147

Reports an instance of mass suicide committed by female members (aged 25-67 yrs) of a local religious cult following the leader’s death in Japan in 1986. The case is discussed from the following viewpoints: (1) a Japanese feudal form of suicide called Junshi (suicide committed by subordinates after the feudal lord’s death); (2) religion & social changes in Japanese society; & (3) the destructive aspects of a cult.