Japan’s funeral industry booms with high-tech solutions for ageing population

By: Funeralwise | Date: Tue, January 20th, 2015

Japan skyscraper graveyard
A woman prays at one of Japan's "skyscraper graveyards". (Reuters: Toru Hanai)

Japan skyscraper graveyard

A woman prays at one of Japan’s “skyscraper graveyards”. (Reuters: Toru Hanai)

A recent story published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation highlights the boom in Japan’s high tech funeral industry.

Almost all Japanese people get cremated and have their ashes put into family crypts in conventional looking cemeteries.

However, with spaces costing up to $100,000, high-tech alternatives like skyscraper graveyards are becoming a necessity.

They are fully automated and store thousands of urns.

Relatives are given an identity card and robotic arms retrieve the loved one’s ashes from vaults deep underground.

Read the full story: Japan’s funeral industry booms with high-tech solutions

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