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Unclaimed burial urns piling up across Japan amid fraying family ties

2018-10-23 02:01
Unclaimed urns containing ashes of the dead are piling up by the thousands across Japan creating storage headaches and reflecting fraying family ties and economic pressures. For the unclaimed, relatives either refuse or don't respond to requests to collect the urns. Burials can be costly and time-consuming, costing up to ¥2 million ($17,800) or more. It’s a problem that is likely to grow, as the number of Japanese aged 65 and older will swell from 28% of the population to 36% by 2040. Credit: Reuters