Archive for September 10th, 2010

Cocooned

So the Japanese are flagellating themselves because they seem to have lost several hundred thousand old people.

They thought they had a bunch of centenarians among them—they were there in the records, alive and well—but when they went looking for them, the old folks were gone.

The Justice Ministry is blaming “poor bookkeeping” for the disappearance of these oldsters, opining that they “apparently” died or moved, but no one bothered to update any records.

In some cases, claims the government, there has been Nefariousness:

The furor over Japan’s missing centenarians began two months ago when the authorities in Tokyo discovered the body of Sogen Kato, the man thought to be the city’s oldest living man, at 111 years, mummified in his bed, dead for more than three decades.

In late August, the police arrested Mr. Kato’s 81-year-old daughter and his granddaughter for fraudulently collecting his pension and failing to report his death. They said Mr. Kato had gone into his bedroom after a family fight in the late 1970s and never came out.

The Japanese have now identified some 234,000 people listed in government records who are over 100 years old, but who cannot be found.

I know where these people went off to. And, if you follow past the “furthur,” you’ll know, too.

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