Fogey Fugitives; the latest

Japan’s runaway wrinklies are now 200 strong and counting. Yesterday’s Japan Times reveals that local governments are “scrambling” to find the 200 unaccounted-for centenarians on the pension books but not at their registered address. The event that triggered this latest farce scandal was the discovery in west Tokyo of the 30-year-old mummified corpse of Sogen Kato, a man who would have been 111 years old if still alive. Kato’s relatives were quoted as saying, “He just retired to his room, saying he wanted to become a ‘living Buddha'”. Well, that’s all right, then! Why didn’t you tell us before?! For more on living Buddhas, click on this link, and scroll down to “shokushinbutsu”. Here

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