Koremura

June 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

A table full of Watanabe's abandoned possessions, cigarettes and half-eaten food. The room is littered with these shrines to domestic irresponsibility.

A table full of Watanabe’s abandoned possessions, cigarettes and half-eaten food. The room is littered with these shrines to domestic irresponsibility.

Twenty years ago, in 1995, more than 500 persons died in Chicago following a 2.5 days heat wave. Most of them were old and poor, as Klinenberg documented in his book, Heat Wave. Twenty years later, older adults are still dying alone so often that they even represent a good business for some. The article below describes a day in the life of 32-year old Koremura, a Japanese man who experienced the lonely death of his gramma  and decided to be of help to persons like her in Japan with his business of cleaning their house after their death, iike the movie Sunshine Cleaning. Since these persons are often  invisible in life, as well as in death, they are easy to forget. It is great when we are reminded of their presence, see pictures, and think how to decrease their isolation.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/the-lonely-end-in-aging-japan-thousands-die-alone-and-unnoticed-every-year

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