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.© Japan Today