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Emperor's funeral plans well received by elderly in aging Japan

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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The funeral business is a massive scam playing on people's irrational fears and vanity. I want my funeral to be a wild, drunken party before I'm turned into fertiliser and dumped unceremoniously in a field somewhere. Then everyone can get back on with their lives and forget all about me.

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Many people are afraid to talk about death and funerals in this modern era. They view the subject as either taboo conversational subject, afraid of offending people, or they think of the funeral process as encompassing activities that are gross or disgusting, or else they are afraid that speaking of death will somehow bring about misfortune. However there is no reason to avoid this if you could save a lot of money for you and your family. It can also save stress and confusion at the time of death. Generally as long as you have your trust, power of attorney, a living will, and heath care proxy then your legal and financial matters should be taken care of should anything happen to you and provide security and predictability for your families and beneficiaries.

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Here is wishing that these plans do not need to be used for a long time. Happy Birthday, Emperor!

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Akihito would be cremated, and his remains placed in a mausoleum smaller than those of his predecessors, with Michiko by his side at the Imperial compound in western Tokyo.

No disrespect, since I know some folks don't want to live when their precious person passes away. I hurt just thinking about such a thing. But I want my man to carry on if I pass away first. I want him to live and grow and take what we shared with him through life and to be happy that we met and grew together for the time we have because he is my most precious heart. Love You <3

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A good reminder of Japan today; a country of old people and a fast declining population with some still living in the imperial past.

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Hey folks, we all going to die someday sooner or later, make the most out of living and help each other to make i living a pleasant experience on the planet earth. Love, peace and happiness

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The funeral business is a massive scam playing on people's irrational fears and vanity. I want my funeral to be a wild, drunken party before I'm turned into fertiliser and dumped unceremoniously in a field somewhere. Then everyone can get back on with their lives and forget all about me.

I see what you're trying to do there and understand you probably mean well, but it just honestly sounds like you've never been to a funeral in your entire life, or for that matter.... As rude as it sounds, lost a loved one. Drunken parties are kind of hard to achieve when someone does, at least a "wild one".

What you want to accomplish will be extremely easy if you just have your funeral as a public event that offers booze, maybe hosted by a local pub. Let the local drinks drink for free and they won't even know why. Mission accomplished.

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@Jo

No, I've been to a couple of funerals, one of which was especially painful. But I'd still rather my own "guests" had a good time when it's my turn. Better to celebrate than to mourn. No?

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People, don;t plan your funeral if you are very healthy and you don;t even catch a cold/ You might live 100 years like Okinawan people. Maybe move to no snow area like Okinawa?

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