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Tokyo's 'oldest man' had been dead for 30 years
BBC News ^ | 29 July 2010 Last updated at 18:24 | no byline

Posted on 06/04/2014 1:13:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise

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.

...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pension payments via Mr Kato's bank account since his wife died six years ago, and some of the money had recently been withdrawn...

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: fraud; japan; livingbuddah; oldestman; pensionchecks; religion; tokyo

1 posted on 06/04/2014 1:13:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: GeronL

“Living Buddah”

Seems to be a lot of this lately...

Indian court asked to decide whether revered Hindu guru is dead or just meditating
National Post ^ | May 29, 2014 | Dean Nelson, The Telegraph
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3161440/posts


2 posted on 06/04/2014 1:14:45 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!; JoeProBono

Does this mean he gets a * by his name for his “Tokyo’s oldest” record?


3 posted on 06/04/2014 1:15:33 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise
"confined himself in his room more than 30 years ago and became a living Buddha,"

Or not...

4 posted on 06/04/2014 1:15:38 PM PDT by apillar
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To: a fool in paradise

I always wonder how many dead people in US keep receiving social security checks/direct deposits. The way I understand it, the funeral place is required to report the death. But what if no funeral place is used...such as this mr. K?


5 posted on 06/04/2014 1:16:47 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid will not allow debate on any good bills passed by House. GOP needs 51 senators in 2014!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Bernie Goes to Tokyo


6 posted on 06/04/2014 1:16:54 PM PDT by freedomlover
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To: a fool in paradise

“I’m not dead yet!”


7 posted on 06/04/2014 1:18:02 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

He’s pining.


8 posted on 06/04/2014 1:18:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise
but his granddaughter told them he "doesn't want to see anybody".

That's a true statement.

9 posted on 06/04/2014 1:20:10 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: a fool in paradise
They discovered a mummified body, believed to be Kato, lying in his bed, wearing underwear and pyjamas, covered with a blanket. [...] "His family must have known he has been dead all these years

Ya think?

10 posted on 06/04/2014 1:20:11 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Just taking a 30 year cat nap!


11 posted on 06/04/2014 1:20:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Daffynition
His parrot is not going to take this news well...


12 posted on 06/04/2014 1:20:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: entropy12; null and void; Velveeta; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; Myrddin; MamaDearest; autumnraine; ...
Ping!

wonder how many dead people in US keep receiving social security checks/direct deposits. The way I understand it, the funeral place is required to report the death. But what if no funeral place is used...such as this mr. K?

.

13 posted on 06/04/2014 1:21:22 PM PDT by LucyT (If you're not paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: a fool in paradise
He’s pining.

Since he's Japanese and not Norwegian, is he pining for the rice patties instead of the fjords?

14 posted on 06/04/2014 1:21:26 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: a fool in paradise
but his granddaughter told them he "doesn't want to see anybody".

He doesn't or he can't???

Police are now investigating the family on possible fraud charges.

ya think???

Mr Kato's relatives told police that he had "confined himself in his room more than 30 years ago and became a living Buddha,"

So that's what you call it.

15 posted on 06/04/2014 1:21:33 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

How far away was Bowe Bergdahl from becoming a Living Buddah?


16 posted on 06/04/2014 1:22:19 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise

I hope I don’t wake up one day and find out I’ve been dead for a long time


17 posted on 06/04/2014 1:22:25 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: a fool in paradise

Confucius say family who say dead grandfather alive get stiff penalty.


18 posted on 06/04/2014 1:23:12 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: GeronL

19 posted on 06/04/2014 1:23:16 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Raycpa

Fake but accurate.


20 posted on 06/04/2014 1:23:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: a fool in paradise

could be resting after a prolonged squawk.


21 posted on 06/04/2014 1:24:25 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: a fool in paradise
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....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...

PFL

22 posted on 06/04/2014 1:24:35 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: a fool in paradise

At what point do they claim that he’s just meditating:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3163270/posts


23 posted on 06/04/2014 1:25:34 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: freedomlover

I wonder if this guy is related to Thad Cochrane????


24 posted on 06/04/2014 1:26:13 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: ConservingFreedom
They discovered a mummified body, believed to be Kato, lying in his bed, wearing underwear and pyjamas, covered with a blanket. [...] "His family must have known he has been dead all these years

Ya think? It's been 23 years, I'm starting to worry about grandpa, think we should go check on him?

Nah, you heard him when he into his room, he said "I'm going to become a living Buddha."...or maybe it was "Owww...my chest is hurting, I'm going to lay down for a bit and see if it goes away...." But regardless, best not to disturb him, I'm sure he'll be up and about, bright as the morning sun, one of these years....

25 posted on 06/04/2014 1:26:15 PM PDT by apillar
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To: a fool in paradise
Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.
26 posted on 06/04/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: a fool in paradise

How did he vote?


27 posted on 06/04/2014 1:28:18 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
According to the latest WHO data published in April 2011 life expectancy in Japan is: Male 79.5, female 85.8 and total life expectancy is 82.7 which gives Japan a World Life Expectancy ranking of 1.

http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/japan-life-expectancy

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...

This'll make a dent.

28 posted on 06/04/2014 1:32:50 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Police are now investigating the family on possible fraud charges.”

Gee! D’ya think?!


29 posted on 06/04/2014 1:33:39 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: a fool in paradise

... and he’ll be voting in Chicago for the next 30 years...


30 posted on 06/04/2014 1:38:11 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: a fool in paradise
"Tokyo's 'oldest man' had been dead for 30 years"

And he has a perfect voting record in Chicago!
31 posted on 06/04/2014 1:38:14 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: a fool in paradise

Several of his neighbors had this to say about him: He was rather quiet.


32 posted on 06/04/2014 1:49:03 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: DPMD

He stinketh.


33 posted on 06/04/2014 1:56:39 PM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: Mastador1

It seems that the old fellow’s family *did* go through his pockets looking for loose change, figuratively speaking.


34 posted on 06/04/2014 2:01:00 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: a fool in paradise

Let’s not nitpick. He still wasn’t getting any younger!


35 posted on 06/04/2014 2:04:15 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: a fool in paradise
"Ah, Kato, my little yellow friend"

FMCDH(BITS)

36 posted on 06/04/2014 2:04:37 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: a fool in paradise

Another one, Lafayette Indiana:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/04/wife-lived-with-man-dead-in-home-nine-months/9947321/


37 posted on 06/04/2014 2:39:35 PM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: Gamecock
How did he vote?

Absentee ballot --

38 posted on 06/04/2014 2:41:42 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: LucyT; melancholy
wonder how many dead people in US keep receiving social security checks/direct deposits.

I'll bet more than you even think you know. When we lived back east I heard of a family who's father died and they kept his body in a freezer for several years while still collecting his SS check. I can't remember how it was discovered (and I'm not sure I want to know). Maybe a long term power outage?

39 posted on 06/04/2014 2:44:06 PM PDT by azishot
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To: LucyT
wonder how many dead people in US keep receiving social security checks/direct deposits. The way I understand it, the funeral place is required to report the death. But what if no funeral place is used...such as this mr. K?

What if the elderly person travels to Mexico (or wherever), retires there, gets money forwarded, and then dies there. You think the Mexicans will tell social security?

40 posted on 06/04/2014 2:47:55 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: azishot; melancholy

>>>> they kept his body in a freezer for several years while still collecting his SS check. I can’t remember how it was discovered (and I’m not sure I want to know). Maybe a long term power outage? <<<<

Oh, ick.

Wonder why the social security dept doesn’t have a better system for discovering fraud? Perhaps yearly contact w everyone over age 80.


41 posted on 06/04/2014 2:56:01 PM PDT by LucyT (If you're not paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: LucyT; melancholy

I guess like ALL gov’t agencies say, they don’t have enough personnel or $$ to check. Personally, I don’t buy it but that’s the usual excuse.


42 posted on 06/04/2014 3:01:00 PM PDT by azishot
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To: Uncle Chip
Can't we all just get along?

Personally I feel it might be bad karma to trifle with a guy who says he's the living Buddha (or has one of the kids deliver the message.) So,whenever questions about Living Buddhas come up, I immediately insist on a reading from a Unity Church pastor. They know all about Buddhas, Jesus, Muhammed, The Dalai Lama, etc.

A naturally cautious fellow, I also tend to refrain from discussing sensitive religious or political subjects with Jap senior citizens who may have used American POWs for bayonet practice.

43 posted on 06/04/2014 8:09:02 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ( A disbarred gay lawyer from Kenya as POTUS? Sure! What could go wrong?)
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To: LucyT; azishot

“Oh, ick.”

Disgusting! What some people would do for $ is atrocious.


44 posted on 06/05/2014 9:02:11 AM PDT by melancholy
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