June 25, 2013

The $21 billion funeral industry in Japan is changing

"...The $21 billion funeral industry is changing ...Many Japanese are choosing cheaper funerals....Japan has the highest proportion of elderly citizens over the age of 65 (23.1%), according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication. Last year, 1.2 million people passed away...the average funeral (including the ceremony, cremation, flowers, urns and donations for the Buddhist monks) costing an average of about 2.8 million yen ($37,000)" 

 Source: Priests on funerals: What’s business got to do with it
By Catherine Makino and Naoyuki Ogi

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