230,000 Nippon Coffin Dodgers Missing

#1
I thought there was a thread about the world's oldest man on here but the search pixies didn't find it.
Seems there's more to the problem that just one family...
BBC Website said:
More than 230,000 elderly people in Japan who are listed as being aged 100 or over are unaccounted for, officials said following a nationwide inquiry. An audit of family registries was launched last month after the remains of the man thought to be Tokyo's oldest were found at his family home.
Relatives are accused of fraudulently receiving his pension for decades.
Officials have found that hundreds of the missing would be at least 150 years old if still alive.
The Justice Ministry said some of those unaccounted for may have died as long ago as World War II, possibly during the post-war turmoil.
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#3
Cripes. I thought UK was the world leader in benefit fraud and dumb authorities.... 230,000 centenarians is a rather conspicuous demographic group to go missing - didn't they notice indicators like the lack of take-up of geriatric care & medicine for these people?
 
#4
Perhaps the authorities thought they were all in London watching the changing of the guard...
 
#5
I wonder if it's anything to do with the ancient and supposedly now defunct custom of 'obashiteyama' (literally, 'leaving granny on the mountain') ?

When the Grandmother was too elderly or infirm, the eldest son used to take her for a walk in the hills or forest and leave her there.

Bit like the modern day First World custom of dumping confused granny at the door of the care home and fleeing the scene.

Although it supposedly died out centuries ago and was done with the tacit compliance of the aged grandparent, I have a vison of grannies all over Japan boning up on their map-reading skills and investing in GPS devices-just in case.
 
#6
Cripes. I thought UK was the world leader in benefit fraud and dumb authorities.... 230,000 centenarians is a rather conspicuous demographic group to go missing - didn't they notice indicators like the lack of take-up of geriatric care & medicine for these people?
Possibly many are still living in the jungle on some remote island thinking the war is still on :-http://www.wanpela.com/holdouts/list.html :)
 

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