Mar 28, 2015

Sendai official sacked over fake funeral claims

A civil servant who made up deaths and even claimed he was going to the same person’s funeral twice has been sacked in Miyagi Prefecture. Shigenori Natori was fired from his job managing public parks in Sendai after taking 16 days of bereavement leave ...

Cartoons and tears at funerals of Charlie Hebdo victims

Jan 16, 2015

Cartoons and tears at funerals of Charlie Hebdo victims

Five victims of last week’s attack on France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine, including two cartoonists, were laid to rest Thursday after emotional final tributes in words, drawings and music. Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac, two of France’s best-loved cartoonists, were buried in separate funerals attended ...

Yahoo launches online death-planning service

Jul 17, 2014

Yahoo launches online death-planning service

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The Internet has made it easier to plan everything from travel and weddings to careers. Now it is helping people prepare for what they may be the most reluctant to face: death. Yahoo Japan Corp. this week launched the service Yahoo Ending (ending.yahoo.co.jp), a ...

Nov 26, 2013

An Imperial break from tradition

The announcement that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be cremated and be interred in smaller mausoleums reflects their wish to minimize the impact of their funeral rites on people's lives.

Japan's funerals deep-rooted mix of ritual, form

| Jul 28, 2009

Japan's funerals deep-rooted mix of ritual, form

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Funerals in Japan incorporate a unique mixture of religion, tradition, culture, ritual and geography that to the outsider may appear perplexing. Following are questions and answers about funerals in Japan and related activities: Do funerals generally have a religious context? With regard to rituals, ...