- 28 . 05 . 04
Suicide is already unpleasant enough, but apparently in Japan, the remaining family is also liable for cleanup costs.
Japanese Culture, Responsibility, Suicide, Trains
I find this hard to believe, but a Japanese person told me this today (so it must be true). If you commit suicide in Japan by jumping in front of a train and don’t have adequate insurance, your family is liable for the costs of cleaning up your remains and any loss of business resulting from your death. I can only imagine what it’s like to be presented with an invoice which basically boils down to:
Further to your family member’s recent suicide, please inspect and honour the following items:
Cleaning (Blood etc; 4 people x 3 hours @ ¥2,000 ppph) – ¥24,000
Sundries (Removal of your father / brother / husband’s [Please delete as applicable] torso) – ¥50,000
Subtotal – ¥74,000
Tax @ 5% – ¥3,700
Total – ¥77,700
Please Pay Promptly
Many thanks for your custom. Choose us again next time!
Unbelievable. And yet worryingly believable…