Anorak News | Sogen Kato Is Japan’s Oldest Fraudster At 111

Sogen Kato Is Japan’s Oldest Fraudster At 111

by | 30th, July 2010

SOGEN Kato, Japan’s oldest living man, has been found in his bed. He is dead. Mr Kato has been there for some time. Dressed in his underwear and pyjamas, Kato’s body is mummified.

Mr Kato’s granddaughter tells investigators, who had barged into his room after attempts to reach and congratulate him on reaching 111 not out failed, that he had been in the room for 30 years. He wanted to be a living Buddha. He wanted to be left alone.

Metro tells us (thanks Anorakaren):

The Japanese man was born on July 22, 1989…

They either die young in Japan or else the paper has erred. The BBC corrects matters:

He was thought to be the oldest man in Tokyo – but when officials went to congratulate Sogen Kato on his 111th birthday, they uncovered mummified skeletal remains lying in his bed.

It is thought Mr Kato died up to 30 years ago and that his family kept it secret to receive 9.5 million yen ($109,000) in widower’s pension since his wife died six years ago.

STOP PRESS: Old Mr Anorak’s grandma, the Dowager Anorak, will be posing for her still life class in the orangerie at noon today.

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