American blogger apologizes for video of apparent suicide

TOKYO — American blogger Logan Paul apologized Tuesday after getting criticized for a video he shared on YouTube that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest known as a suicide spot.

Paul, who has millions of Twitter followers and YouTube subscribers, posted an apology on his Twitter site, saying: ‘‘Where do I begin. Let’s start with this. I’m sorry.’’

Although the video has been taken down, segments were still online. Critics say what was offensive was Paul’s giggling and joking about the body.


The video, posted Sunday, shows Paul going on a trek with friends in the Aokigahara forest, near Mount Fuji. He seems aware that the site is sometimes chosen for suicides but is surprised to come across what appears to be a body hanging from a tree.

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After being criticized, he said he had wanted to raise awareness about suicide and possibly save lives, and denied his goal was to drive clicks.

‘‘I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity,’’ he tweeted.

Paul posted a more sanguine video on YouTube on Monday, showing him romping through a Tokyo park, talking about his apparel brand, visiting gadget stores, and running around city streets wearing a Pokemon outfit.

He briefly mentioned the encounter with a body at the start of the video, saying, ‘‘That was weird.’’