When You Press the Switch by Yamada Yuusuke

Title: Switch wo Osu Toki [When You Press the Switch]
Author: Yamada Yuusuke
Published: 2005
Translated by: Aya M.
To combat the rising suicide rate particularly among the youth, the Japanese government decides to set up the “Youth Suicide Control Group Project.”

In this yearly experiment, a group of randomly selected youth are isolated from the outside world, handed a red button which would allow them to end their lives, and are then placed in high stress environments.

Minami Youhei, a 27 year old who was one of the few chosen to supervise this project, is recently transferred to the facility that houses a group of four who have yet to press their switches even after seven years. When most children pressed their buttons not even a year into the experiment, what is it that makes them want to continue to live despite the bleakness of their future?


3 Responses to When You Press the Switch by Yamada Yuusuke

  1. Anni says:

    Ohh, this sounds interesting! I think I bought a novel of this author in Japan too (not the same one) :)!

  2. Eugene says:

    This sounds really interesting! It’s got my vote 🙂

  3. Kai says:

    Please do this one next, it seems like a lot of fun to read. Also, thanks for these translations – I love reading them!

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