August 18, 2017
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'Corpse Hotels' in Japan

In Japan, 'corpse hotels' housing dead people temporarily before they are cremated are growing in popularity.

By Reuters Media Express

This quiet house on a suburban street in Kawasaki has its curtains drawn for a purpose. Inside, dead bodies are kept cool and pristine for days, as they wait their turn for cremation.

Ageing Japan's facing an increasing backlog at crematoriums. Many like Hirokazu Hosaka, are turning to these 'corpse hotels' to store their loved ones. He says "During the few days before my mother heads off to the crematorium, families and acquaintances can visit. I think it's great."

While some residents say it's disturbing, establishments like this are on the rise.