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Japan, Checking on Its Oldest, Finds Many Gone

By SpecialSnowflake following x   2017 Aug 2, 5:33pm 229 views   3 comments   watch   quote     share  

TOKYO — Japan has long boasted of having many of the world’s oldest people — testament, many here say, to a society with a superior diet and a commitment to its elderly that is unrivaled in the West.

That was before the police found the body of a man thought to be one of Japan’s oldest, at 111 years, mummified in his bed, dead for more than three decades. His daughter, now 81, hid his death to continue collecting his monthly pension payments, the police said.

Alarmed, local governments began sending teams to check on other elderly residents. What they found so far has been anything but encouraging.

A woman thought to be Tokyo’s oldest, who would be 113, was last seen in the 1980s. Another woman, who would be the oldest in the world at 125, is also missing, and probably has been for a long time. When city officials tried to visit her at her registered address, they discovered that the site had been turned into a city park, in 1981.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/world/asia/15japan.html

1 SpecialSnowflake   2017 Aug 2, 5:34pm   ↑ like (1)   ↑ dislike (1)     quote        

Oldie but goodie.

2 PeopleUnited   2017 Aug 2, 7:53pm   ↑ like (1)   ↑ dislike (1)     quote        

SpecialSnowflake says

TOKYO — Japan has long boasted of having many of the world’s oldest people — testament, many here say, to a society with a superior diet and a commitment to its elderly that is unrivaled in the West.

That was before the police found the body of a man thought to be one of Japan’s oldest, at 111 years, mummified in his bed, dead for more than three decades. His daughter, now 81, hid his death to continue collecting his monthly pension payments, the police said.

Alarmed, local governments began sending teams to check on other elderly residents. What they found so far has been anything but encouraging.

A woman thought to be Tokyo’s oldest, who would be 113, was last seen in the 1980s. Another woman, who would be the oldest in the world at 125, is also missing, and probably has been for a long time. When city officials tried to visit her at her registered address, they discovered that the site had been turned into a city park, in 1981.

Life is short, but he amount of time you can collect a pension is even shorter.

3 Ceffer   2017 Aug 2, 8:09pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

What's a little death when it comes to longevity?

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