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Sogen Kato was believed to be the oldest man in Tokyo up until 2010 when officials finally entered his apartment and realized that he had died at the age of 79 in 1978. His death had been kept a secret by his family who were collecting his pension. This lead to a huge search for all people over 100 years, and it turned out that Japan couldn't document the whereabouts of 234,354 supposed centenarians.

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3rd May 2019
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Tarmaque

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2 months ago #9815543        
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A friend of mine's Grandfather will be 104 in July. He still lives at home alone, and still drives. However his daughters (in their 70's) do his shopping and housecleaning for him. He doesn't walk very good, but mentally he's sharper than I am.

A few years ago Grandpa John had a heart problem and had to be taken to the hospital. His heart rate was 20. With a heart rate of 20 you shouldn't be conscious, but he was smiling and joking and just his regular old self. The guy who was doing his paperwork came over to him to ask him some questions. Name, insurance, address, that sort of thing.

When they came to his birthday he said: "July 6, 1915." The paperwork guy wrote it down, then did a double take. He looked at the form, and looked at Grandpa John. Then he stuck out his hand to shake. "You're my first!" he said. Grandpa John grinned at him, shook his hand, and said "Congratulations!"

His heart rate was still 20. Everyone was shocked he was still conscious. That evening he had a pacemaker installed. Still doing great, and is one of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. Looks like a guy in his 80's in good health.


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3 months ago #9815389        
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I wonder how much effect this has on the life expectancy statistics.


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3 months ago #9815420        
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Would have been a perfect week to do a comic about the covert Russian Beluga whale that defected to Norway.

Rosin

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3 months ago #9815387        
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I won't have that problem. My animals will eat me.


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2 months ago #9816069        
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Sorry Japan if we’re going by that logic, I believe Egypt has people who are thousands of years old!


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2 months ago #9815698        
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So... is Japan still the country of centenarians?

2 months ago #9815630        
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I read about this when it was happening. There was even one guy that carried his moms remains around in a backpack. (After he dried out the body and cleaned up the bones...)

MiskisM

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2 months ago #9815573        
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Ehh.. Happens everywhere. Pension scam is old trick.

JOL

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3 months ago #9815461        
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That is weirdly interesting, since Japan has pretty much owned the global #1 spot for life expectancy as far back as I am aware. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy

Might a few hundred thousand centenarians who have actually been dead for decades skew the average...?


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3 months ago #9815456        
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Also, Japan has almost no homicides, but a crapton of "suicides". Curiously, the police almost never have an unsolved homicide case...


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