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Topics: Japan, Karaoke, Hari-Kari

Friday, 19 January 2007

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Leonard Cohen songs very popular

The latest craze in Japan has been causing concern, as bars have been hosting Hari-Karaoke evenings for depressed Japanese singers.

The evenings are made up of young people, intent on ending their own lives, coming to organised nights and singing songs by Leonard Cohen or popular country and western ballads.

One young couple we spoke to, told us that they had formed a suicide pact and would be gutting themselves with an ornamental Samuri sword, after duetting on Terry Jacks 'Seasons in the Sun'.

The Japanese authorities have frowned upon the new trend but with more and more Japanese youths whingeing about the state of the world and getting themselves depressed, the craze is sweeping the nation.

Xion Xetera, a Tokyo business student told us, "My girlfriend has left me, so I will be performing 'Mad World' by Tears for Fears and then taking a leathel cocktail of alcohol and pills.

Our reporters watched, as a young girl recieved rapurous applause with a moving version of the REM classic 'Everybody Hurts', and then hung herself on a stairwell.

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