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Tokyo's 'oldest man' found dead for 30 years

Posted on Saturday, 31 July, 2010 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Japan's oldest man at 111 years old was found to have been dead for 30 years and mummified in his own bed.

Police investigated his home after an official update on his wellbeing was requested by officials, despite his family's assurances that he was alive and well it turned out he'd actually been dead in his bed for three decades.

"Police visited the home of Sogen Kato at the request of ward officials updating their list of centenarians ahead of Respect for the Elderly Day in September."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by pixiii on 1 August, 2010, 4:33
Good grief. That poor old fellow.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Flamemagic on 1 August, 2010, 7:34
Wow. The fact that they kept it up that long is surprising.
Comment icon #11 Posted by 27vet on 1 August, 2010, 8:47
His grandchildren should have visited more often
Comment icon #12 Posted by thewild on 2 August, 2010, 1:52
lol denial... "He's just sleepin'"
Comment icon #13 Posted by Dancingtiger on 2 August, 2010, 3:05
The first several years would have been rank and nasty, with a lot of bugs you would think. Greed, or desperation even are pretty powerful to make you live with a dead body. Yuck, talk about un-hygienic.
Comment icon #14 Posted by j b on 2 August, 2010, 15:17
at least the smell would be gone
Comment icon #15 Posted by -Jaded.Silhouette- on 3 August, 2010, 7:49
People are, as I've said multiple times, disgusting. That poor old man.
Comment icon #16 Posted by brlesq1 on 11 August, 2010, 0:43
Guess they're gonna have to give back all that pension money...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mentalcase on 13 August, 2010, 1:32
I wonder if they wanted him, to remain to be the oldest living male in china?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Slorri on 13 August, 2010, 6:24
I wonder if they wanted him, to remain to be the oldest living male in china? Yes, or maybe the oldest dead male in Japan.

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