A family of three was found dead in their house in Saitama, north of Tokyo. It was yet another case of ‘lonely death’ or in Japanese – ‘kodokushi’. Such a terrible incident from the Land of the Rising Sun is a matter of concern.
The members of the deceased family were a couple in their 60s and their son in his 30s. When police reached the house they discovered the bodies – they had been dead for quite a while and had shrunk.
The deaths appeared to be a case of starvation death.
There was no food in the house, its electricity and gas supplies had been disconnected and only a few one-yen coins of the lowest denomination were seen lying around.
Apparently, the family had requested neighbors for help but they refused and instead asked them to get in touch with the aid agencies and welfare authorities. They felt it below their dignity to seek help from total strangers and preferred to die in silence.
Such lonely deaths are on the increase – last month two sisters in their 40s were found dead in their freezing apartment – in north island of Hokkaido.
Obviously, these persons find it difficult to adjust and adapt with the ways of the world of today and are taking the easy way out. It is a crying shame for society.