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3 elderly sisters die of heatstroke in Tokyo apartment

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Three elderly sisters in their 80s and 90s were found dead at their residence in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward on Saturday. Police said they died of heatstroke.

The bodies of Naoko Kuratsu, 90, Toki Yuasa, 86, and Tomo Sakamoto, 82, were found in the bedroom and living room of their residence at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, they had been dead for three to four days when their bodies were found. An acquaintance of their relatives, who lives nearby, was asked to check on them as the relatives had been unable to reach them.

Police said the sisters had lived together for about 10 years since their husbands passed away. When they were found, the air conditioner was not on and the room temperature was over 30 degrees.

Neighbors said the women did not like air conditioning and usually left it off.

The house was locked and there were no external injuries on any of the bodies.

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3 old girls at the same"ish" time is amazing to say the leased. Possibly a heat stroke suicide pack? Old folks especially need even the aircon on 30-32 makes a huge difference and is cost affective. RIP

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My neighbor across the street is almost 95 she refuses to use air con. She lives with her son and daughter so they are keeping an eye on her but as soon as they leave for work all the windows and doors are open and she's cleaning and gardening and coming outside to tell me how hot it is. They have a brand new house, I have an old one without air con... I'm like "go inside and turn on the air you silly old woman"

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Heatstroke? Really?

The fact that all three passed away at exactly the same time is a bit too much of a coincidence for me. At least one of them would have been alive long enough to notice that something was wrong with her sister(s) and possibly summon help.

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A.N. Other: "The fact that all three passed away at exactly the same time is a bit too much of a coincidence for me. At least one of them would have been alive long enough to notice that something was wrong with her sister(s) and possibly summon help."

Dude, they were in their 80s and 90s, and it says they were dead for a few days, and NOT that they all died at exactly the same time. It's quite possible one of them DID notice something was off, or maybe they just didn't. And lest we forget it was up to 38 degrees a couple of times last week, and has been constantly at 36 every day for about the last 10, so it's entirely feasible they did in fact all die of heatstroke at roughly the same time. Cooped up in a poorly ventilated room at those temperatures and high humidity, and I'm sure they probably wore a lot of clothes... definitely heatstroke.

Or what do you suppose happen... with the doors locked and no sign of external injuries? Were these old ladies targets of a master assassin?

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My neighbor across the street is almost 95 she refuses to use air con.

Her freedom.

Possibly a heat stroke suicide pack?...Old folks especially need even the aircon

Not a suicide, but they didn't feel they needed to survive while they could no longer bear natural weather. I mean first 'you can live x yrs more but you can no longer go out in the Summer and Winter weather and must stay under the air con', 'you can live x yrs more but you can no longer be healthy so take 12 medications with side effects and get nurse care 3 times a day', then ' you can live x yrs more but you can no longer walk', then 'you can live x yrs more but you can no go to the toilets and you get a tube and pouch plus diapers' , 'you can live x yrs more but you can no longer feed yourself and get a tube', 'you can live x yrs more but you can no longer breath, so you get a tube and co2 bottles'... I've known elderly having all that. When that adds up, you lose the will of staying alive. .

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"An acquaintance of their relatives, who lives nearby, was asked to check on them as the relatives had been unable to reach them."

He/she would be in for the shock of their lives. Dead bodies locked in a hot box for 3 or 4 days. Aye...

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In the last few years lots of people I know, especially elderly people, but also some younger people have been rushed to hospital with dehydration and/or heat stroke. I blame the ridiculous recent government and corporate campaign to persuade people to reduce air con usage, it virtually ignores the dangers from excessive heat. 28c+ is not a safe level of heat for many people, and using fans instead of aircon also dehydrates and can cause serious injuries or death if potassium is lost too quickly for example.

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Police said they died of heatstroke.

"It's hot, and they're all dead. Must be heatstroke."

I hope their investigation was more thorough than that.

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Three elderly sisters in their 80s and 90s were found dead at their residence in Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward on Saturday. Police said they died of heatstroke

Uh-oh! Three old women have died of heatstroke in the same house of all places, and moreover, at nearly the same time! Um. What a strange coincidence!

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Turn off the aircon they complain it's hot. Turn on the aircon, they complain it's cold. Oh well, better than getting heatstroke. Slightly suspicious circumstances though

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It's not too unlikely they all passed away winning a few hours of each other. They were similar ages, they probably had similar eating, drinking and sleeping habits, they probably had similar physiology as well.

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