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72-year-old man arrested after remains of mother found buried in vacant lot


Police in Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture, have arrested a 72-year-old man on suspicion of abandoning the corpse of his mother by burying it in a vacant lot near their home.

Police said Mikio Fujikawa has admitted burying the body of his mother, who was in her 90s, after she died in the summer of 2021, Kyodo News reported. The two had been living alone for several years.

Police said the case came to light when Fujikawa’s younger sister, who lives in another prefecture, visited his house on Nov 15 and found no one at home. She reported to police that she had been unable to contact her brother or mother for some time.

Police located Fujikawa in a cheap lodging facility in Kumamoto City and he was arrested on Friday after admitting he had buried his mother in the vacant lot after she died.

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I am assuming an absence of care and funding for funerals are behind this phenomenon in Japan.

Australia has something called a "paupers funeral ""{I'm sure the real procedure has a better name } where impoverished relatives can still have a funeral at Government expense.

Why not ? 99% of dead people would have paid taxes throughout their living years.

Personally ,when I'm dead I wo'nt care where I'm dumped.

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Missing from this article is the important information of whether the mothers pension payments were still being paid. I'm guessing they were the sons only income.

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Pensions will continue to be paid into a bank account until they are notified the recipient is deceased.

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We know.

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For people interested about the cost of funeral, I read some interesting article which explain that even using cheaper option, thanks to waiting time, it will cost a lot just in body storage :

in the article : 13000 a day

basic full pension : around 65000


So government should as pointed by GuruMick start offering free funeral.

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I'm only 58 and found the recent demise of my wife overwhelming. Without the help of my family, I would have been at a loss.

Fortunately, I found our local mortuary to be overwhelmingly generous and helpful to the extent that they gave us run of the place during the wake night (literally - my family and I were the only ones there after all the guests had left.) Such consideration during that time was astounding to me.

If you lose a loved one, please seek help. Even those of us at JT who have been through it can provide advice.

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Gurumick: "I am assuming an absence of care and funding for funerals are behind this phenomenon in Japan."

Well, a lack of care definitely contributes to the constant family murders you hear about here, and the frustration and sometimes even abuse by other family members who are forced to take care of them (at home or else pay for the overpriced elderly facilities), but more often than not cases like these are the result of people still trying to cash in on the pensions of the deceased. I believe you can still get cremated here without having any type of funeral at all, which might be like the "pauper's funeral" you reference in Australia. Would certainly be less trouble than digging up the parking lot and hiding the corpse there -- but again, no more pension once you report it.

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I am assuming an absence of care and funding for funerals are behind this phenomenon in Japan.

More likely it has to do with not reporting the person's death so as to continue collecting their pension money.

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