Ageing Japan – Unclaimed burial urns pile up in Japan amid fraying social ties

Kazuyuki Kitami, a city official of Yokosuka, holds a lantern as he visits a facility which keeps the unclaimed burial urns containing ashes of the dead in Yokosuka, Japan September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) – 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 in a rapidly ageing nation. The identities of the dead, cremated at public expense, are usually known. But in most cases, relatives either refuse or […]

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