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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Japan's Population May Be Exaggerated

Its elderly population certainly is. Government records incidate that 230,000 people are listed as alive, well, and over 100 years old--including 884 allegedly over the age of 150. And that's just the ones they can't find.

What I found creepiest about the ordeal, but probably not surprising given that pretext, was a sentence about midway through the article:

"In late July, police discovered that Sogen Kato, who would have been 111 and was thought to be Tokyo's oldest man, had actually been dead for 32 years and his decayed body was still lying in his home."

That means nobody had bothered to open his door since... 1978.

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