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Regarding the story “Pandemic fuels trend toward smaller, simpler funerals” in the March 31 edition, the price of funerals in Japan is outrageous. If ¥500,000 is considered cheap, and “cheaper alternatives” include a ¥253,000 one-day funeral that skips the wake, bodies will start piling up in the streets if the coronavirus continues to rage on for months. I myself can’t afford these prices. I come from California where one can be cremated and have one’s ashes tossed at sea for less than $500.

Less expensive services are needed in Japan before the situation gets desperate.

Kristin Newton
Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

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