234,000 centenarians listed in registries missing

Posted on January 14, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , , , |


The Justice Ministry announced Friday that the existence of 234,354 centenarians listed as “alive” in family registries can’t be confirmed.

The finding was reached after the ministry decided to carry out a nationwide survey on centenarians to get to the bottom of a growing pension fraud scandal that could challenge Japan’s long-engrained reputation for longevity.

If alive, 77,118 of them would be 120 years old or older and 884 would be at least 150, tracing their origins to the Edo Period. That’s a lot bigger than the 800 or so elderly listed as 85 or older who the welfare ministry said last month might be illegally receiving pension money.

Tokyo tallied the most missing centenarian cases with 22,877, while Osaka, Hyogo, Fukuoka and Okinawa prefectures found that more than 10,000 centenarians couldn’t be found at their listed addresses.

The ministry theorized that many of these people probably died during the war, in the turmoil that followed or after emigrating, and that their death notices were never submitted.

To read the entire story in the Japan Times please click on the link below.

Missing Centenarians


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