Japan Says Over 230,000 Listed Centenarians Can’t Be Found

Posted by admin on Sep 10, 2010

More than 230,000 people listed as alive and at least 100 years old in Japan cannot be found, including 884 who would be 150 or older, officials said Friday.

Japan, famed for its longevity, launched a nationwide survey after a recent string of grisly discoveries — including a mummified man in his bed and an old woman’s remains in a backpack — sparked alarm over the fate of many elderly.

The cases also triggered soul-searching over elderly people living in isolation, and public outrage at relatives of those missing who have kept their deaths secret in order to keep receiving their pension payments.

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