Elderly and missing
August 14, 2010 9:25 PM Subscribe
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“Living until 150 years old is impossible in the natural world,” said Akira Nemoto, director of the elderly services section of the Adachi ward office. “But it is not impossible in the world of Japanese public administration.”
Up until the end of July, no one knew how many people over the age of 100 were missing in Japan. Now, officials are scrambling to check on the elderly.
Beginning at the end of July, with the discovery of the mummified remains
of Sogen Kato
. Officials had intended to present Kato with a certificate naming him the oldest man in Tokyo's Adachi Ward. The only problem? He died roughly 30 years ago after closing himself in his room.
Since then, officials from nearly every prefecture have tried to make contact
with Japan's large population of centenarians. The latest count is 281 missing
people over the age of 100. In many cases, the families of the missing have no idea where they've gone. Fraud, in terms of collecting pension payments of the missing, is suspected in many of the cases.