All those old people in Japan who out live all of us by eating fish and rice fashioned into bite-sized morsels that require wasabi and soy sauce to provide flavor? Yeah, well, not so much. A good number of those 100+ geezers in Japan actually died a long time ago, but their relatives failed to report their deaths in order to collect pension money.
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.
There may have been a few hundred cases of mummies collecting pensions in Japan. Police are banging on doors demanding that people produce their grandmothers.
Foodies are in an up roar. Is the much-touted Asian diet a hoax?
This is what happens when caretakers are unappreciated by society. If the state won't appreciate and compensate their work, then they'll find other ways to get their just rewards.