Saturday, July 31, 2010
The secret of the high life expectancy in Japan revealed!
When it comes to ranking the average age of death globally, Japan usually shows up in the top positions, boasting one of the longest life expectancies globally. Why this is the case has been speculated widely and I remember discussions on the soy based diet etc. presented as possible explanations.
However, based on some recent news here in Japan, I think the secret is finally revealed! It was recently discovered that the man with the second longest life in Japan, clocking in at a good 111 years of age was actually dead and had been so for a good ~30 years or so. However, the family, who the man lived/died with had failed to "notice" this and kept collecting the retirement money while their beloved father was "resting" in his room in a stage of advanced mummification.
They had successfully wardered off inquiries from suspecting friends and neighbors through saying that their father didn't want to meet with anyone for a good 30 years until things recently fell apart when the authorities finally got a bit snoopy around this after being pressed by other concerned relatives and friends of the long passed away man. (News in Japanese here)
Maybe this could be written off as a one case thing, but a few years earlier a similar business arrangement was discovered in West Japan with a "107-year old" man "resting" in a mummified stage.
So, I think we finally have solved the mystery of the long life expectancy in Japan - they're living dead! I hope Baby Sunshine will some day find a way to put me to use in a similar way for profit and fun.