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Man arrested for keeping body of 87-year-old father at home

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Police in Osaka have arrested at 53-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of abandoning a body after he failed to report the death of his 87-year-old father, and kept the body at their home.

Police said the suspect, Shogo Kanaya, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he needed to keep collecting his father’s pension in order to pay rent on their municipal house and for living expenses, Kyodo News reported.

At around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, a city employee visited the house in Kita Ward to serve an eviction notice. The man found the skeletonized remains of Shigemi Kanaya and called police.

Police said Kanaya has not yet said when or how his father died.

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Police said the suspect, Shogo Kanaya, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he needed to keep collecting his father’s pension in order to pay rent on their municipal house and for living expenses, Kyodo News reported.

> At around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, a city employee visited the house in Kita Ward to serve an eviction notice. The man found the skeletonized remains of Shigemi Kanaya and called police.

If he was being served an eviction notice I guess he forgot to pay the rent!

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" ... on suspicion of abandoning a body after he failed to report the death of his 87-year-old father and kept the body at their home."

So, how is this abandoning a body?

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Skeletonized! That had to take a while.

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AGAIN!! $$$ makes people do the unthinkable.

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 ... on suspicion of abandoning a body after he failed to report the death of his 87-year-old father and kept the body at their home."

So, how is this abandoning a body?

Excellent point Michael.

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Shogo Kanaya lived with the decomposing body his father for how long before the flesh fell off the skeleton? It would have taken at least one year.

If not two. Did he have to plug his nose while in the house? Was he not afraid his father's ghost would haunt him? Did his next door neighbours not ask about his father? Now must he pay back his father's pension he had received since his father's death?And spend many years in prison. Haunted by his father's ghost.

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and kept the body at their home."

So, how is this abandoning a body?”

A corpse must be examined or if necessary, autopsied by a doctor to determine the cause of death and then properly buried. Otherwise it would constitute abandonment of a corpse.

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53-year-old.....he needed to keep collecting his father’s pension in order to pay rent on their municipal house and for living expenses

Big municipal apartments in Tokyo/Osaka (3DK, 60-70m²) doesnt go for more than 30,000yen per month, 1DK for single people around 15,000, even in the middle of the most luxurious areas you could ever imagine (Omotesando, etc.), this guy could have worked some 10 days a month to pay his rent and live his life but I guess this is asking too much.

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All most every week recently people are either killing or abandoning old people because they cant afford to bury them...Sad !

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All most every week recently people are either killing or abandoning old people because they cant afford to bury them...Sad !

Those are the extreme edge cases, which is why the end up in the news. I hope you're thinking that's the norm in Japan, that would be pretty low intelligence.

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Strangerland,,...I hope youre thinking thats the norm in Japan? How*s this a sign of low intelligence?

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I hope you're thinking that's the norm in Japan, that would be pretty low intelligence.

Typo. Should have said I hope you're NOT thinking that's the norm, as it would be pretty low intelligence.

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...he needed to keep collecting his father’s pension in order to pay rent on their municipal house and for living expenses...

Finally, someone admitting to the real reason they did this, instead of the usual, "I didn't know what to do with the body", and the like.

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finally rich - Big municipal apartments in Tokyo/Osaka (3DK, 60-70m²) doesnt go for more than 30,000yen per month, 1DK for single people around 15,000, even in the middle of the most luxurious areas you could ever imagine (Omotesando, etc.), this guy could have worked some 10 days a month to pay his rent and live his life but I guess this is asking too much.

But, that would've cut into his pachinko time.

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There is obviously a lot more to this story. Being evicted? They are probably the very well known "problem" family with all kinds of issues.

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More than 230,000 Japanese centenarians 'missing'

They are being kept in a secret colony.

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Finally, someone admitting to the real reason they did this, instead of the usual, "I didn't know what to do with the body", and the like.

He's not the first to admit it, and wont be the last. Countless numbers of cases like this, reported here before.

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More than 230,000 Japanese centenarians 'missing'

This was "news" here well over 10 years ago. The article you are posting a link to was from 2010

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Yubaru - Countless numbers of cases like this, reported here before.

Yes. A huge number of such cases.

He's not the first to admit it, and wont be the last.

Nope. They almost always give some BS excuse to the authorities, rarely the truth of simply wanting to keep collecting the pension.

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Yubaru -

"More than 230,000 Japanese centenarians 'missing'..."

This was "news" here well over 10 years ago. The article you are posting a link to was from 2010

One would assume it has likely gotten worse in the ensuing 12 years.

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Such is the love that he did not eat to depart from his beloved father. Or from his pension?

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How is this abandonment??? 53-year-old unemployed man arrested on suspicion of abandoning a body after he failed to report the death of his 87-year-old father, and kept the body at their home. From what I understand abandonment is the act of intentionally surrendering, or deserting a right of way, in this case his father.

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How is this abandonment???

In Japanese law, abandonment is regarded as an abandonment of responsibility towards the body.

It's not a very good translation of the word, but it's what is used in English translations of the law, so JT is using the correct word.

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Yes. A huge number of such cases.

When I wrote "countless" it meant many, but how many times exactly, unknown, but far from "huge", no need to over-exaggerate.

One would assume it has likely gotten worse in the ensuing 12 years.

You obviously don't follow along with news in Japan, nor live here either, as your assumption here is 100% off the mark. This was a problem nearly 15 years ago, and municipal offices around the country raced to fix it.

In your race to "google" something, check the dates and information first, it will save you making mistakes like this in the future.

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Yubaru

”Yes. A huge number of such cases.”

When I wrote "countless" it meant many, but how many times exactly, unknown, but far from "huge", no need to over-exaggerate.

Countless=Many=Huge. Google "synonym".

You love to argue for the sake of arguing, it seems.

"One would assume it has likely gotten worse in the ensuing 12 years."

You obviously don't follow along with news in Japan,

But, I do.

nor live here either,

But, I do.

as your assumption here is 100% off the mark. This was a problem nearly 15 years ago, and municipal offices around the country raced to fix it.

That doesn't seem to be the case, at least superficially. Although, it may be.

In your race to "google" something, check the dates and information first, it will save you making mistakes like this in the future.

I didn't Google anything, nor did I post links, so I didn't make any mistakes regarding dates and information. Perhaps you are mistaking me for another poster? Or, do you not make mistakes?

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I would have thought that these cases are a matter for social services rather than an arrest. An arrest in Japan usually ends up in a person being even mentally disturbed.

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Oh, gross me out! The stench! How could this guy stand it? SICK.

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