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Man believed dead for 26 years shows up alive

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A man believed to have died 26 years ago is still alive, police in Tokyo said.

According to police, the decaying body of an unidentified man was discovered in a park in Komae City in December 1989, NTV reported Friday. At the time, police suspected the body might be that of a man in his 40s who had been reported as missing by his family. Members of the man's family identified him as their missing relative, so police closed the case and delivered the remains to the family.

However, the man was recently confirmed to be still living. Now in his 70s, he applied for social security late last year and was told that a certificate of death had been issued for him back in 1989.

After police confirmed that they had mistakenly identified the body, they submitted a formal apology to the family for having returned the remains of an unknown individual.

The man has not said why he never contacted his family for the past 26 years.

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Next we'll read that he's actually a zombie and that the staff had thought his red eyes, sallow skin and groaning was due to cedar pollen allergy.

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So this family most likely paid for funeral arrangements, a grave plot, and a grave, and probably gave offerings to an unknown individual for 26 years because of a police error. I think they need to more than just apologize....geez, what great incompetence!

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Awful. The same thing happened to my friend's cat. It was quite a shock.

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I don't know how you can call this incompetence. The family identified the body as the man. This wasn't a time when DNA testing was widespread, and even now I doubt they would do DNA testing after a positive identification. This is an unfortunate situation, not anyone's fault.

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So this family most likely paid for funeral arrangements, a grave plot, and a grave, and probably gave offerings to an unknown individual for 26 years

Actually, if it was a normal situation, the body were have also been cremated, meaning it will never be known who the original person was.

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Sounds like a time for great celebration , not condemnation.

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If the guy applied for social security, he must have been making the contributions all those years, or he would not get any. How could he contribute if he was dead?

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@ gokai_wo_maneku at Mar. 14, 2015 - 10:49AM JST "If the guy applied for social security, he must have been making the contributions all those years, or he would not get any. How could he contribute if he was dead?"

"Social security" not used here in the American English sense of a pension (nenkin), but as what those in the US would call "welfare" (seikatsuhogo). No contributions required to receive welfare assistance. Perhaps he needed to apply for welfare because he hadn't made nenkin pension contributions.

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Educator: thank you for the education. I confused the English of the pension system with social security. What you say makes sense.

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@gokai

You are welcome. As American English is my native tongue, I probably would have had the same initial reaction as you had I not already known from the Japanese news that the man had applied for seikatsu hogo.

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Ran off with someone and figured he would be OK checking in now. Check him in to the state pen.

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@MocheakeMAR. 15, 2015 - 01:38AM JST Ran off with someone and figured he would be OK checking in now. Check him in to the state pen.

A couple of Japanese family culture, it seems, he did.

1 Iede ---- Run away from home

2 kakeohi --- Run away from home with a lover

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So where, what has he been up to for the last 25 years? this does not add up, has he paid taxes? has he been employed ? why did he just disappear for all of this time?

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If he was not a thief, he was working. He had to eat those years. There are many daily jobs in Japan. /Ninskiu for instance.

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Does he lives on the cage, basement, or he change his outlook ? sounds mystery? and came out wow !!!!

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