Hundreds of Thousands of Centenarians Go Missing in Japan

Where Are They?Jenna Fisher writes in the Christian Science Monitor:

More than 230,000 Japanese citizens over the age of 100 have gone missing, according to a government survey released Friday, highlighting poor record-keeping practices and sharp changes in Japanese attitudes about family ties.

In August, the Monitor reported that Japan’s Health Ministry was investigating cases involving some 840 missing people over the age of 85 in connection with potentially fraudulent pension claims. At that time, 75 centenarians were unaccounted for in 19 of the country’s 47 prefectures.

The search began ahead of a national holiday held every September to show respect for the elderly. It was fueled in part by the discovery that Tokyo’s oldest resident – listed as 113 years old – had not been seen for more than 20 years. When welfare officials attempted to contact Fusa Furuya at her home, her 79-year-old daughter told them she hadn’t been seen since around 1986.

Officials were directed to a second address just outside the city, only to find that the residence had been bulldozed to make way for a highway.

After its survey of family registration records nationwide, the ministry found that 234,354 centenarians were listed as alive, but no one seemed to know where they were, according to the Associated Press.

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  • $4251815

    Yeah, I dunno, haven’t seen mom around since the mid ’80s… Should we be concerned?

  • ZombieStomper

    Yeah, I dunno, haven’t seen mom around since the mid ’80s… Should we be concerned?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    This is amusing. I recall meeting a young lady on one occassion (a radical vegan), and being lectured with force on how manifestly superior a flesh-free diet is, not only by virtue of the sadistically blood-drenched character of the alternative, but most especially due to the longevity of numerous vegan practicioners in Japan.

    Oh well. Don’t s’pose this is changing anyone’s mind either.

  • Anonymous

    This is amusing. I recall meeting a young lady on one occassion (a radical vegan), and being lectured with force on how manifestly superior a flesh-free diet is, not only by virtue of the sadistically blood-drenched character of the alternative, but most especially due to the longevity of numerous vegan practicioners in Japan.

    Oh well. Don’t s’pose this is changing anyone’s mind either.

  • radiac

    Soylent green is people!

    • Liam_McGonagle

      God, man! Don’t be saying that! Some Tea Baggers will hear you, shovel a couple of quarts of the stuff into a business suit and put it on the ballot in November!

  • Anonymous

    Soylent green is people!

  • Anonymous

    God, man! Don’t be saying that! Some Tea Baggers will hear you, shovel a couple of quarts of the stuff into a business suit and put it on the ballot in November!

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