A check on the “centenarians” who hadn’t received care under the Long-Term Care Insurance System has turned up more than 240 missing. It doesn’t look like many more will turn up, so it’s probably safe to say that the government failed to account for the deaths or exit from Japan of less than 0.001% of the 40 million people give or take a few million residents who were born between 100-127 years ago. I’ll leave it at that and hope that others will figure out how that compares with other countries. One of the implications of the figures is that there must be upwards of a couple of hundred people born between 80-100 years ago who are dead or have left Japan without such fact being duly recorded in the appropriate registries. It’s also safe to assume that some of them are drawing on the pensions of parents who have gone missing. So I guess my question is: Have they found good excuses for the occasion of a visit from the authorities inquiring about the well-being of their newly centenarian parents?
Notice: There’s a long and thoughtful comment from Jobi-One Kenobi on “The Apologies” here. I’ve tried to respond in kind.