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Man arrested for keeping bodies of mother, father in house

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Police in Sano, Tochigi Prefecture, said Saturday an unemployed 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of abandoning the bodies of his mother and father.

According to police, the body of Yoshikazu Kojima’s 79-year-old father Kazuo was found on June 3 at the family home, Sankei Shimbun reported. When police searched the house, they also found a mummified body which Kojima admitted was his 76-year-old mother Aiko who he said died more than a year ago.

Police quoted Kojima as saying both his parents died of illnesses and that he couldn’t afford to pay for their funerals as he barely had enough money to live on.

Kojima has been continuing to collect his parents’ pensions, police said.

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So, these police will arrest him for hoarding his parents bodies who died of natural causes, but will do nothing much about him falsely collecting their pensions?

I don't think they have stated they will do nothing about the false pension collection. Where are you reading that?

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What a rubbish reason to arrest him! So, these police will arrest him for hoarding his parents bodies who died of natural causes, but will do nothing much about him falsely collecting their pensions? It is understandable that funerals are very expensive here and not everyone has the money for it, but not understandable that he illegally collected and used his parent's pension. I can't imagine the troubles he had to deal with in this situation! You get sympathy for not being able to bury your parents, but none for cashing their pensions.

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both parents pension is probably around 50,000 Yen and really not neough. MY neighbor worked her whole life and paid 15,000 Yen a month for 40 years. Now she is collecting less than 40,000 Y a month when she retired. Govt pension is not even enough to keep you alive.

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Why is this a crime? He was basically living with his parents.

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I told everyone on previous thread about this story that the reason was probably related to costs. People are speculating about his income. I was told that a funeral runs about a million yen. It very similar to the States. Pensions are not really that much.

The family could have been paying medical bills for two sick parents.

The father maybe worked full-time most of his life, but we don't enough about his career. We also don't know how long the mother worked. Her pension might not be much at all. Pensions are only livable if you were able to save as well throughout your career. For the average lower middle class and below, that isn't as easy as you think. The salary together could have barely been making ends meet.

Having a house isn't always a sign of wealth. That place could have been passed down for generations, and we don't know what state it is in.

Yeah, the son could be a freeloader; however, we just don't know enough. Everyone is assuming that having a job would automatically cover two funerals. I disagree because not all careers are created equal.

There are just too many unknown variables.

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suspicion of abandoning the bodies of his mother and father.

While the law on abandoning bodies is a useful one, it seems a bit of a stretch to say that he abandoned their bodies -; they were in his house!

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First the guy should have got a job instead of falsely claiming the pension of his deceased parents. Two national pensions the amounts vary according to circumstances but probably no more than ¥120,000/month but they are paid directly into a bank account every two months so he must have used their cards at the ATM to withdraw which means he knew they pin numbers too.

There are no visits from social workers connected with pensions. I've never had one.

I also believe the minimum cost of a funeral is about ¥100,000. That means just transporting them to the cremation place.

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@Goodluck

A no thrills funeral?

You’ll never attract the punters that way ; )

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Two pensions is a lot of money

That would depend on the amount of the pension. I think my mother in law only gets like 40,000 yen/month. At 70,000 yen per funeral, even with both pensions, he'd be looking at 2 months of income to cover one funeral.

the last line says it all. on another point, japan needs to have a no thrills funeral system for about 70,000 yen for those who have no money.

For those who have no money, 70,000 yen is a hell of a lot to have to cough up.

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the last line says it all. on another point, japan needs to have a no thrills funeral system for about 70,000 yen for those who have no money.

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Two pensions is a lot of money, and he was already living rent-free. Still, just got to be something a little wrong upstairs living in a house with two rotting corpses especially if they're your own parents.

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This has come to light frequently enough to suggest that it is probably much more common than we suspect. Cops assigned to local substations have lots of info on local residents - and time on their hands. They should begin making periodic visits to the homes of people over 70 to check in on them, note when they are living with others who regularly say they are "resting", and follow up. Alternatively, welfare payments should be subject to periodic renewal by the person receiving them. Social workers could visit, determine if the person is there, interview them and, if not, inform the police and stop payments. There are also a number of options for inexpensive cremation that should be publicised by the shakai fukushi folks to aging people with limited income. Sad, but much more could be done to spare people this indignity.

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He barely had enough money to live on even though he was collecting their pensions? I’d say it was more likely he barely had enough money to play pachinko.

Now, if the mother had died first, the father must also have been aware of the body. There is something very suspicious about this. These deaths need to be thoroughly investigated. This could very well be today’s family mass-murder report.

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so sad

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The smell from the decomposing bodies must have been vile....

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