Monday, August 2, 2010

111 year old man actually dead for 30 years

A strange story from the Japan Times, tells of a man believed to be Tokyo's oldest, but who has actually been dead for thirty years.  City authorities found his mummified body recently.  His daughter and grandchildren are being investigated for fraud, as the man has received 9.5 million yen in pension benefits.

The oddest part of this story is the man's cause of death, an apparent religious suicide in an attempt to become a living buddha.  Called sokushinbutsu, it is a very slow and ghastly death.

What some people will do for religion.

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