It’s being reported that potentially hundreds of thousands of Japanese touted as centenarians are actually dead, and likely have been for years and even decades.
There are more than 77,000 Japanese citizens reported to be over age 120 and even 884 persons aged more than 150 years who are still alive, according to government rolls, The Guardian reports.
The figures have exposed antiquated methods of record-keeping and fueled fears that some families are deliberately hiding the deaths of elderly relatives in order to claim their pensions, the publication reports.
“The nationwide survey was launched in August after police discovered the mummified corpse of Sogen Kato, who at 111 was listed as Tokyo’s oldest man, in his family home 32 years after his death,” The Guardian adds.
Seventy-five years ago today, German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler signing the original Nuremberg Laws, spelling out the “Law for the Safeguard of German Blood of German Honor” and legalizing persecution of Jews.
These laws stripped Jews of their German citizenship; forbade marriage and sex between citizens of “German blood” and Jews; and established the swastika as the German flag while forbidding Jews to display it.
Announced at a rally in Nuremberg in September 1935 and quickly rubber-stamped by the Reichstag, they provided the legal pretext for the dehumanizing of Jews that eventually led to Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec and the other Nazi camps in which millions of Jews perished.
Those documents were discovered nearly a decade after they were signed, in the closing days of World War II, in late April 1945.