Sunday, August 15, 2010

What Spock meant: "Live Long and . . . Collect Your Father's Pension"

From the New York Times yesterday,

“the police found the body of a man thought to be one of Japan’s oldest, at 111 years, mummified in his bed, dead for more than three decades. His daughter, now 81, hid his death to continue collecting his monthly pension payments, the police said.”

“To date, the authorities have been unable to find more than 281 Japanese who had been listed in records as 100 years old or older.”

Huh? What?

Can there possibly maybe potentially be Japanese 90 or older who are deceased but still collecting pension? 80 or older? 70 or older?

Say it ain’t so, Ito! Say it ain't so!
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