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Old 07-30-10, 10:51 PM
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Tokyo's oldest man found to have actually been dead for 30 years



Tokyo's 'oldest man' had been dead for 30 years

Officials had planned a birthday celebration to honour Mr Kato but they found him dead.

He was thought to be the oldest man in Tokyo - but when officials went to congratulate Sogen Kato on his 111th birthday, they uncovered mummified skeletal remains lying in his bed.

Mr Kato may have been dead for 30 years according to Japanese authorities.


They grew suspicious when they went to honour Mr Kato at his address in Adachi ward, but his granddaughter told them he "doesn't want to see anybody".

Police are now investigating the family on possible fraud charges.

Welfare officials had tried to meet Mr Kato since early this year. But when they went to visit, family members repeatedly chased them away, according to Tomoko Iwamatsu, an Adachi ward official.

Authorities grew suspicious and sought an investigation by police, who forced their way into the house on Wednesday.

They discovered a mummified body, believed to be Kato, lying in his bed, wearing underwear and pyjamas, covered with a blanket.

Mr Kato's relatives told police that he had "confined himself in his room more than 30 years ago and became a living Buddha," according to a report by Jiji Press.

But the family had received 9.5 million yen ($109,000: £70,000) in widower's pension payments via Mr Kato's bank account since his wife died six years ago, and some of the money had recently been withdrawn.

The pension fund had long been unable to contact Mr Kato.

"His family must have known he has been dead all these years and acted as if nothing happened. It's so eerie," said Yutaka Muroi, a Tokyo metropolitan welfare official.

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

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That's pretty crazy. I wonder what their air freshener budget was the first year.
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Re: Tokyo's oldest man found to have actually been dead for 30 years

not all that uncommon. happens here in the US occasionally. people want those welfare checks!
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It is my opinion that his title of "Tokyo's oldest man" should be revoked.
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Re: Tokyo's oldest man found to have actually been dead for 30 years

not eerie at all. the only thing "special" is that he (never) was the oldest man in Tokyo.
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I did a little research, his full name is Ideadlongtime I Kato.
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You can't carry these things on too long...
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Karl Pilkington was right!
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Oh kind of like Al Davis.
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An episode of the X-Files comes to minds....Lobster Boy....
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An episode of the X-Files comes to minds....Lobster Boy....
You mean "Small Potatoes."

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I don't get why they kept the body/remains all those years. Whether they can't produce Mr. Kato or they only have mummified skeletal remains of him - either way the jig is up. At least they wouldn't have to put up with the smell all those years if they got rid of the body.
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I don't get why they kept the body/remains all those years. Whether they can't produce Mr. Kato or they only have mummified skeletal remains of him - either way the jig is up. At least they wouldn't have to put up with the smell all those years if they got rid of the body.
He's not dead, he's pining.
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He's not dead, he's pining.
Mr. Kato wouldn't vroom if you put 30,000 volts through 'im!
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Close to my neighborhood! No joke!
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Close to my neighborhood! No joke!
Good, you can find out for us whether the grand-daughter is cute.
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It is my opinion that his title of "Tokyo's oldest man" should be revoked.
It's "Tokyo's Oldest Man," not "Tokyo's Oldest Living Man."
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Tokyo's Oldest Knicknack.
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Re: Tokyo's oldest man found to have actually been dead for 30 years

Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
He's not dead, he's pining.
Pining for the fjords?
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Pining for the fjords?
He was nailed to a perch, oddly enough. He had lovely plumage though.
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Stupid old man has to go and ruin it for everyone:

Tokyo's 'Oldest Woman' Hasn't Been Seen for Decades
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Japan doesn't seem to keep very good track of it's old residents.
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Re: Tokyo's oldest man found to have actually been dead for 30 years

Here is the story as reported on Japan Today (japantoday.com)


Mummy believed to be that of '111-year-old' man found in Tokyo

Thursday 29th July, 08:37 PM JST

TOKYO —

The mummified remains believed to be of a man recognized as the oldest living male in Tokyo have been found at his home in the capital’s Adachi Ward, investigative sources said Thursday. Sogen Kato would have been 111 years old were he alive today. His family says he remained cloistered in his room after declaring some 30 years ago that he wanted to be a living Buddha, according to the sources.

Police are questioning his family members about the circumstances of his death, while investigating whether they have attempted to fraudulently receive roughly 9.5 million yen that was paid to Kato as a survivor pension after his wife, a former teacher, died six years ago at age 101, the sources said, adding 2.7 million yen was withdrawn from Kato’s bank account earlier this month.

An autopsy on the remains failed to pinpoint the cause or the estimated time of the person’s death, but given that no newspapers newer than one dated Nov. 5, 1978, were found in the room and based on the family’s account, Kato is most likely to have died around then, the sources said. According to the Tokyo metropolitan government and the police, Kato was born on July 22, 1899. His 81-year-old daughter, her 83-year-old husband and their two children aged 53 and 49 live in the house. His wife died in August 2004.

Local officials had repeatedly visited Kato’s home since earlier this year to see if he was still alive, but his family refused to let them in, saying Kato was in Gifu Prefecture, according to the Adachi Ward office.

But on Wednesday, one of Kato’s grandchildren visited a local police station to say that when family members tried to check on his room on March 25, they saw a skull. ‘‘Grandpa was a very scary man. So, we couldn’t open the door,’’ the grandchild was quoted as telling the police. ‘‘He shut himself up in the room without food or water.’‘

The police searched the house the same day and found what are believed to be Kato’s remains on a bed. The remains were covered in a blanket and dressed in long underwear, the sources said.

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It is my opinion that his title of "Tokyo's oldest man" should be revoked.
It should be changed to Tokyo's Deadest Man.
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Here is the story as reported on Japan Today (japantoday.com)But on Wednesday, one of Kato’s grandchildren visited a local police station to say that when family members tried to check on his room on March 25, they saw a skull.
So the authorities only decided to act after one of the family members came forward to the police. That reminds me of the case earlier last week where the young woman working in a massage parlour left her children to starve to death in her apartment (also in Tokyo). Again the authorities visited multiple times to check on the kids after complaints were lodged by worried neighbors but they failed to gain access to the apartment and seem to have left things as they were. Do the social services not bother to check up on these cases if they are denied access? Seems like a pretty sloppy way of operating, and that for a country which is pretty meticulous in many other ways.

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