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Police have confirmed that the mummified corpse found last month in a home in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, is that of Sogen Kato, who was registered as still being alive at 111 years old, investigators said Thursday.

The police have also decided to build a criminal case against his family members for fraudulently receiving the pension payments Kato would have been entitled to as a widower, the sources said.

Kato’s relatives are suspected of illegally receiving some ¥9 million in pension money payable to his late wife, a former teacher, after her death in September 2004, despite knowing he was dead.

The Japan Mutual Aid Association of Public School Teachers has filed a criminal complaint against Kato’s family over the alleged fraud.

It has been reported that Kato shut himself up in his room three decades ago and refused to take meals and water after telling his family he wanted “to become a living Buddha.”

His daughter, her husband and their two children currently live in the house. They had rejected requests from welfare and ward officials to meet with Kato. Police visited the house in late July and found his remains.

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