Tokyo’s oldest man Sogen Kato had died 30 years ago at the time officials turned up to celebrate his 111th birthday. In 2010 officials had planned a birthday celebration to honour Mr Kato but they found him dead
They found a mummified skeletal remains lying in his bed. Mr Kato may have been dead for 30 years according to Japanese authorities.
They grew suspicious when they went to honour Mr Kato at his address in Adachi ward, but his granddaughter told them he “doesn’t want to see anybody”.
Welfare officials had tried to meet Mr Kato since early that year. But when they went to visit, family members repeatedly chased them away, according to Tomoko Iwamatsu, an Adachi ward official.
After authorities becoming suspicious ,they forced their way inside the house only to find the body of Kato in bed wearing underwear and pyjamas, covered with a blanket.
Mr Kato’s relatives told police that he had “confined himself in his room more than 30 years ago and became a living Buddha,” according to a report by Jiji Press.
The family had received 9.5 million yen ($109,000: £70,000) in widower’s pension payments via Mr Kato’s bank account since his wife died six years ago, and some of the money had recently been withdrawn