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In Japan, death is not so scary any more

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 05:50
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Shukatsu as an industry is thriving as the Japanese comes to grips with societal changes where people are increasingly living, and dying, alone.
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Shukatsu as an industry is thriving as the Japanese comes to grips with societal changes where people are increasingly living, and dying, alone.

Tokyo

AKIRA Okomoto sat up and climbed out of a coffin. "It was very relaxing," he proclaimed, as his 27-year-old daughter, Miwa, then trepidatiously took her turn lying down for five minutes in the dark enclosure that would one day be her final resting place.

The scene is a cafe