Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vanishing Elders

The Japanese are known as one of the longest-lived cultures due to their healthy diet and lifestyle. Or are they? This article is about the scandal currently emerging in Japan over the care of the nation's oldest people. It seems that the whole thing was touched off when officials went to check up on the nation's oldest man only to discover that he'd been dead for more than thirty years. Now it seems that many of those listed as centenarians are actually missing in action. Does Japan really revere its elders?

1 comment:

Raymond said...

They honor their elders while simultaneously not reporting their death to the authorities (so they can still receive their pension checks). You see, by cashing the check, we help keep their memories alive.