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Man arrested for keeping body of mother at home for a month

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Police in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of abandoning a body after he kept his 87-year-old mother’s corpse at their home.

Police said Toshiaki Nakagawa told them his mother Kimiyo died of natural causes on Aug 5 and that he didn’t notify authorities because he couldn’t afford to pay for a funeral, Fuji TV reported.

The body was found on Friday after the caretaker of the multi-unit compound reported a foul odor coming from the Nakagawa residence. Kimiyo’s body was lying on the floor of a tatami room.

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Japan seems to lead the world in cases of individuals keeping deceased bodies for prolonged periods of time in their homes.

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he didn’t notify authorities because he couldn’t afford to pay for a funeral,

City hall does provide funeral services for free in these circumstances.

caretaker of the multi-unit compound reported a foul odor coming from the Nakagawa residence.

It really amazes me how these people live with rotting corpses. The smell must be horrid!

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Arresting people for tragedies like this just seems completely OTT.

Surely it's a matter for social services, along with a police interview.

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Again? This seems very unique to Japan.

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Again? This seems very unique to Japan.

No, not unique to Japan. It happens very occasionally in my native country.

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What do you expect when people can’t afford to even report such a thing.

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It's a sad state of affairs when someone is unable to report the death of their own family member due to inadequate finances. It should not be like this

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What do you expect when people can’t afford to even report such a thing.

It's a sad state of affairs when someone is unable to report the death of their own family member due to inadequate finances. It should not be like this

Exactly.

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