US internet actor Logan Paul has issued a more extensive apology for posting a YouTube video showing what appeared to be a body in a Japanese forest known as a suicide destination.
The initial video he posted on Sunday showed the social media user trekking with friends in the Aokigahara forest near Mount Fuji. He seems aware the forest is sometimes chosen for suicides but is surprised to see what appears to be a body hanging from a tree.
Media reports say the video was viewed six million times before being removed from Paul's YouTube channel, which has more than 15 million subscribers. Segments of the video were still appearing online yesterday.
A storm of criticism followed, with commenters saying Paul seemed joking and disrespectful in the video and that his initial apology was inadequate.
"I don't expect to be forgiven. I'm simply here to apologize," he said on the more somber video apology uploaded on YouTube and Twitter on Tuesday. "None of us knew how to react or how to feel."
Paul said he wanted to apologize to the internet, to all who saw the video and to those suffering mental illness and depression. "Most importantly, I want to apologize to the victim and his family."
YouTube said it prohibits violent content posted in a sensational or disrespectful manner. "Our hearts go out to the family of the person featured in the video."
Japan has a per capita suicide rate among the highest in the world, with more than 21,000 occurring a year.