Japan's "oldest man"? Not quite.

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Part # 4 billion of "WTF is wrong with people?"

Japanese officials went to congratulate what they though to be Japan's oldest man on Wednesday to celebrate his 111th birthday. Unfortunately instead of holding a party they uncovered a mummified corpse, dressed in pyjamas and laid out in bed. Sogen Kato is thought to have been dead for nearly 30 years whilst his family have continued to claim his pension payments. Repeated attempts by social workers to gain access to Mr. Kato were refused by the family of the "deceased", who told authorities that he had confined himself to his room.

Lovely.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10809128
 

rhett7660

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Part # 4 billion of "WTF is wrong with people?"

Japanese officials went to congratulate what they though to be Japan's oldest man on Wednesday to celebrate his 111th birthday. Unfortunately instead of holding a party they uncovered a mummified corpse, dressed in pyjamas and laid out in bed. Sogen Kato is thought to have been dead for nearly 30 years whilst his family have continued to claim his pension payments. Repeated attempts by social workers to gain access to Mr. Kato were refused by the family of the "deceased", who told authorities that he had confined himself to his room.

Lovely.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10809128
Another WTF moment. I hope the governmeng goes after the family for fraud!
 

jake.f

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That's the thing. After 30 years it probably didn't anymore, but it must have really honked for the first 5 years or so.
Yeh I guess but still how mentally screwed up must someone be to have a mummified corpse in their home. would they not think of it, or smell something every time they walked past the room? I know how bodies smell after death (Went to a workshop at a university, not a serial killer) and I don't know how they could stand it for more than an hour let alone 5 or 30 years. Hope they get their asses sued for fraud.
 

Jaro65

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Yeh I guess but still how mentally screwed up must someone be to have a mummified corpse in their home. would they not think of it, or smell something every time they walked past the room? I know how bodies smell after death (Went to a workshop at a university, not a serial killer) and I don't know how they could stand it for more than an hour let alone 5 or 30 years. Hope they get their asses sued for fraud.
The sweet smell of money in their hands must have clearly defeated other pungent odors in their lovely household.
 

Ttownbeast

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Happens here too only most fraudsters who are cashing the social security checks here usually do something which makes more sense like hide the body.
 
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