Old People, Running Out
As this great article by Justin McCurry in the Guardian explains, the Japanese appear to have problem with missing old people at the moment. It’s not like there aren’t a lot of old people in Japan but as of the time of writing, nearly thirty centenarians are missing and that number is probably going to rise.
(update just heard on the radio that 35 are confirmed as unconfirmed whereabouts)
While it is a bit funny to think of the much vaulted longevity that Japanese people have pride in taking a slight knock, especially if it wobbles the faith in their fish diet and hardwork sanctimoniousness a little; it is quite shocking that people don’t know where their parents and grandparents are, or if they are alive or dead. Worse still is some, as happened with Tokyo’s oldest man of 111 years of age who was recently found to have died 30 years ago, do “probably” know they are dead and hide the fact so they can steal their pensions. There is no respect in that at all.
As a one off crime it’s pretty shocking but if these missing centenarians, and one also must suspect a few missing Nonagenarians, Octogenarians and Septuagenarians too, are found to have all had their deaths hidden and their pensions and saving appropriated by, admittedly aged relatives, there is seriously something wrong with the morals of this country.
Funny old world
If you’ll excuse the pun.