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  • Big Yen in the death of Japan's elderly
  • Big Yen in the death of Japan's elderly
    Tercer Ojo (2014) ©

Big Yen in the death of Japan's elderly

The Japanese term kodokushi – 'lonely death' – refers to a person who dies alone. These bodies can go unnoticed for weeks or even months, which makes for a tragic story and a large problem  who cleans it all up? Keepers Co. handles the uncomfortable aftermath of dealing with the dead.



  • Article image How to reach Asia's bright old things

    Asia is notoriously home to some of the most active and beauty-conscious elderly people in the world; from Japanese retirees climbing Mount Everest to millions of Chinese seniors dancing in city squares. What can be learnt from fusing tradition and health to reach Asia's 'bright old things'?

  • Article image What happens when we die online?

    Our 'online lives' are about more than witty tweets and holiday photos on Facebook; we bank online, we shop online, we find love online and we seek advice online. It's not just about data, either. It includes digital assets – from music to Bitcoin. What happens to all that information when we die? 

  • Article image What it really means to grow old in Japan

    More than 25% of the Japanese population is over the age of 65. With a low birthrate and increasing life expectancy, that figure is only set to increase. Japan is renowned for its respectful and traditionally regimented attitudes towards seniors, but what does it really mean to be ageing now, in the world’s oldest population?

  • Test-drive your own funeral in Japan Test-drive your own funeral in Japan

    The average cost of a funeral in Japan is ¥4 million (around $40,000), the most expensive in the world. Attention to detail is vital. But why are Shukatsu Tours – where people have their own funeral portraits taken and simulate scattering ashes – becoming popular?