When I Die: Inside Japan’s Death Industry

In Japan, funerals are big business with an ageing population and more than one million deaths in the country last year. It is being predicted that this figure is going to only rise until the year 2042, so finding a final resting place can be somewhat difficult and expensive as Japan runs out of space to bury their dead.

As this fact becomes clearer the funeral industry now seems to be stepping up to the challenge in typical Japanese fashion, finding innovative ways to send their loved ones into the afterlife. In this episode of Al Jazeera’s 101 East, we take a look at how Japan says it’s final goodbyes.

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