Monday, 19 March 2018

Dying Alone in Japan

Tanzim Taqrim

A man died in his home, three weeks later his neighbors noticed a smell and called the authorities. In Japan, these lonely deaths are called “Kodokushi.” After the bodies are removed, cleaning services come in to scrub the homes and organize significantly. More people are dying alone and unnoticed as Japan’s population ages. Experts say there are 30,000 cases in Japan every year, but the cleaning companies say the number is likely higher. It’s not only the elderly who are affected. Those with poor relationships with their families and no one to ask for help are also at risk. More than 10 million Japanese now live alone, twice as many as 30 years ago. There are around 4000 cleaning companies that specialize in Kodokushi services across Japan.

Source: AJ+

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