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article imageTokyo man found mummified in his bed

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 30, 2010 in Crime
Tokyo - A man officials had believed to be the oldest man in Tokyo was found mummified in his bed. It is now believed that he died about 30 years ago.
The Telegraph reported that Japanese welfare officials have tried to meet Sogen Kato since earlier this year, but his family members kept telling them the man was fine and didn’t want to see anyone.
Ward officials, who were updating a list of centenarians in preparation for Respect for the Elderly Day in September, became suspicious and asked police to check on the elderly man. Kato was born July 22, 1899, and would have been 111 this year.
Police forced their way into the house on July 28 and found a mummified body, which they believe to be Kato, lying in his bed. The body was dressed in underwear and pajamas, and was covered with a blanket.
According to Kato’s granddaughter, the man said he wanted to be a living Buddha and retired to his room about 30 years ago.
It is suspected that Kato’s family may have kept quiet about his death in order to collect pension money, and police are now investigating the issue.
Japan has one of the longest average life spans.
Earlier this year the oldest person in the world, a Japanese woman named Kama Chinen, died just a week before her 115th birthday.
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