Just climbed Mt. Fuji in October and reached the summit on 10/28/05 around 8:30 A.M. I left 5th station around 2 PM the previous day and had a bivouacked on the mountain without a tent just in a sleeping bag. The night was MUCH colder than expected and it was hard to sleep at all. Last week one Czech guy died there from slipping. From my observation Mt. Fuji is safe if you are careful and do not take unnecessary risks. More details and photos at www.tomasv.com
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."