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Suicide Cliff

Suicide Cliff, also known as Laderan Banadero is a cliff above Marpi Point Field near the northern tip of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.

At Suicide Cliff thousands of Japanese civilians and soldiers committed suicide by jumping to their deaths in 1944 in order to avoid capture by the United States. The precise number of suicides there is not known, but has been estimated at around 8,000 deaths.

By 1976, a park and peace memorial was in place and the location had become a pilgrimage destination, particularly for visitors from Japan. In that year, 9-acre (3.6 ha) of the site were listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.