News You Can’t Use: Tokyo’s Oldest Man Died Three Decades Ago

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This just in from my friends at UPI:

‘Oldest’ man actually died 32 years ago
TOKYO, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A man thought to be Tokyo’s oldest resident at 111 years old actually died more than 30 years ago and was left to mummify in the family home, a report said.
Officials discovered the body of Sogen Kato in a room in an apartment in the city’s Adachi Ward and believe his family may have kept his death quiet so it could continue receiving his pension benefits, Tokyo’s Mainichi Daily News reported Thursday.
Family members told officials the man shut himself in the room in 1978 after telling them he wanted to become a “living Buddha,” the report said. Instead of being more than a century old, Kato was probably 79 years old when he died.
His family continued to receive pension benefits of about 18.5 million yen ($215,000) from the time he died until his death was discovered. A transportation official who visited the home every year for 17 years to deliver a free pass said she was never allowed to see Kato.
“What a sad world it is when people can overlook the death of someone who is not living alone as an elderly person but in a family,” the unnamed transportation official told Mainichi.


— Steve Clemons

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5 comments on “News You Can’t Use: Tokyo’s Oldest Man Died Three Decades Ago

  1. tak in Tokyo says:

    And there are many over hundred year old people just like him were not found in Japan. I cannot believe that, but their family said ” I didn’t meet him or her for 30years !!” I was very shocked that news, and the number of them will increase….

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  2. tak in Tokyo says:

    And there are many over hundred year old people just like him were not found in Japan. I cannot believe that, but their family said ” I didn’t meet him or her for 30years !!” I was very shocked that news, and the number of them will increase….

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  3. questions says:

    Oil Leak “News”
    http://watch.bnn.ca/after-hours/august-2010/after-hours-august-6-2010/#clip333608
    Ok, so here’s Bob Cavnar, the “friend” of “Fishgrease” who was sharing with Fishgrease the “measurement concern.”
    And in this clip linked to above, he seems to indicate that the well is basically contained, that indeed we need the kill bores done, but this “static kill” thing seems to have done its job.
    No more stuff about “measurement” because most likely it was a non-issue.
    (Note by the way that now that the measurement issue seems dead, HuffPo has picked it up and run with it! What’s the electronic equivalent of “rag”?)
    Now the concern shifts to the long term problems with the dispersant, clean up, and REGULATION.
    The NYT has a long piece looking at some of the history:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/us/08mms.html?hp
    This is well worth reading! The mission tensions between getting oil up and out and regulating the uppers and outers is a tension we find all over the federal agencies. Dept Ag both cheers on the meat industry and regulates it. With the oil business, the insiders run through revolving doors because they know what they’re talking about and they make good money from lobbying and what they know in the world is oil. This is a structural problem we have to deal with all over the government.
    It’s an interesting article.
    I hope that Obama, as unitary executive and all, decides to embark on a review of a lot of the federal structures. This is an internal, long and miserable process that needs to be gone through. Where there are industry conflicts, agencies should be broken up. Where there are major safety concerns, whistle blowers should be encouraged. We really don’t want to find Macondo-style disasters in each of the cabinet departments and the agencies they deal with.
    Whole house, whole inspection, whole break ups if needed. It’s a long term project that ought not to be allowed to languish.

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  4. questions says:

    News from Salon War Room — great read today, and lately, actually. Alex Pareene and the new crew of researchers have made it fun, interesting, and worth the click:
    The Pentagon has a “ground zero” mosque of its own:
    “The “ground zero mosque” story seems to be dying down, but nothing lays bare the absurdity of what we’ve just lived through quite so much as this Washington Times story, quoted above, from 2007.
    Yes, Muslims have infiltrated the Pentagon for their nefarious, prayerful purposes — daring to practice their religion inside the building where 184 people died on Sept. 11, 2001. They haven’t even had the sensitivity to move two blocks, let alone a mile, away from that sacred site.”
    AND Mark Kirk is having ANOTHER bad news week!
    “Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is locked in an extremely tight Senate race with Democrat Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois, so it’s a particularly awkward moment for his ex-wife to accuse him, as she does in a new interview, of being controlled by a right-wing “Svengali figure.” It’s even more awkward because Kimberly Vertolli, previously Kirk’s wife of eight years, says that this Svengali also caused the breakup of their marriage in 2009.
    * Continue reading
    Carol Felsenthal at Chicago Magazine has the must-read interview with Vertolli, a corporate lawyer and former naval intel officer.
    Vertolli comes off as slightly unhinged, calling Kirk’s campaign “a big part of my life” but also saying that she does not actually support his candidacy “because there

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