Project #55797 - moral ethics

Learning Activity #1

In the early 1930's, the Tokyo Bay Steamship Co. operated  tourist ship between Tokyo and the volcanic island of Oshima 50 miles offshore.

It also had a restaurant on the island. It was a modest business until February 1933, when Kiyoko Matsumoto, a 19 year old college student, committed suicide by jumping into the crater of the volcano, which bubbled with molten lava. Miss Matsumoto left a poetoc suicide note and, through newspaper stories,  the Japanese public became obsessed with her story.

Soon other JAPANESE began to emulate her. In the next ten months, 143 people, after taking the Tokyo BAY Steamship cruise, threw themselves into the crater. Many more cam to watch. One Sunday in April 1933, 31 people tried to jump. 25 were restrained, but 6 succeeded. People crowded around the edge of the crater, waiting for jumpers. Shouts of "Who's next?" and "Step this way" could be heard.

The Company capitalized on the popularity of its cruise to the volcanic island. It increased its fleet to 30 ships and added 19 more restaurants. Meanwhile the local police tried to weed out potential jumpers by looking for "sad" people getting off the boat. The Japanese government banned the sale of one way tickets to Oshima a crime. Police were stationed near the rim of the volcano. Some suicides were prevented; some succeeded. 29 people who were prevented from jumping into the volcano killed themselves by jumping into the ocean on the return trip to Tokyo.

All the while, Tokyo Bay Steamship Co, prospered. Its shares rose on the Tokyo exchange. Was it acting ethically? Does the government have a role in preventing suicide? Discuss fully.

(You may wish to research what California does with respect to suicide at the Golden Gae Bridge, and what Maryland does wit respect to suicide at the Chespeake Bay Bridge,) 

 

 

 

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Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/04/2015 12:00 am
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