Japan has many achievements it can be proud of. One of those is the extraordinary number of centenarians amongst its population.
But now it seems that many of those centenarians exist merely on paper!
The New York Times reports that some of the older folks have been dead or missing for nearly 30 years in some cases but their relatives never reported this minor detail to the government so that they could keep claiming the pension.
Well, it seems economic necessity can make people do the strangest things.
It might seem ironic to state of course that people in nations such as the United States and Japan suffer from 'poverty' ... synonymous as those nations have become with wealth and affluence.