Japanese Suicide Pacts
Police said 91 people died in the pacts in 2005, compared with 55 in 2004 and 34 in 2003, when the records started.
Alarm at the rise has led to increased vigilance by internet serviceproviders, who now report suspected suicide pacts to the authorities.
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and the pacts may appeal to those scared to die alone.
Police figures showed 34 internet-arranged suicide pacts were recordedlast year. Of the 91 people who died, 54 were men and 37 were women,with most being in their twenties or thirties.