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🇯🇵 When I Die: Inside Japan's Death Industry | 101 East

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Sumiko hops into a coffin and lies down, testing it for size. For her, it’s a chance to “try before you die”. The 40-year-old woman is among a growing number of Japanese taking a proactive approach to planning their funeral, sparking a booming death industry. In 2014, approximately 1.26 million people died in Japan. And with an ageing population, that number is estimated to continue rising until 2042. Japan is running out of space to bury the dead, and traditional funerals have become expensive as a result. The death industry and temples are trying to get creative by finding innovative, affordable ways to send their clients into the afterlife. We take a look at how Japan says its final goodbyes. More from 101 East on: YouTube - http://aje.io/101eastYouTube Facebook - http://facebook.com/101east Twitter - http://twitter.com/aj101east Instagram - http://instagram.com/aj101east Website - http://aljazeera.com/101east
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I had at least 4 videos about death in Japan appearing in my youtube recommendations........ gosh
TheCliquetalk (1 day ago)
The coffin is hard.. As if she was gonna feel that when she's dead 🙄
TheCliquetalk (1 day ago)
I want to be a painting
bruh (2 days ago)
40,000$ for a plot of land?? Jesus Christ just chuck me in the trash
GodblessUSA (3 days ago)
Doesn't matter where your ashes go anyway after you die. The soul will reincarnate to a new body and the whole cycle starts again. The body is just a temporary shell. The real essence of you is the soul and that never dies.
wednesdaychild (7 days ago)
thumb up to this 101 documentaries. big thanks alway. my fav.programs,
Art Johnson (9 days ago)
I'm 71 yrs. old and sending your ashes out into space is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. This physical body is only a costume your wearing this time around, the real you lives on.
entre mlm (12 days ago)
When I die I would like to be buried in the soil or under a tree.
sunshineshine77 (15 days ago)
*Japan and the United States have the same exact problem. We have no democracy and we work the most hours a year and we have no vacation time because in the United States most of us are not permitted to have any free time and most Americans are sick slaves and yet they think the United States is the greatest country in the world. I traveled to Nordic west Europe including the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and all those FANTASTIC super-democracies and I could see how happy and healthy they are and how sick and enslaved the United States is and how stupid Americans are*
sunshineshine77 (15 days ago)
*Japan and the United States have the same exact problem. We have no democracy and we work the most hours a year and we have no vacation time because in the United States most of us are not permitted to have any free time and most Americans are sick slaves and yet they think the United States is the greatest country in the world. I traveled to Nordic west Europe including the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and all those FANTASTIC super-democracies and I could see how happy and healthy they are and how sick and enslaved the United States is and how stupid Americans are*
sunshineshine77 (15 days ago)
*Japan and the United States have the same exact problem. We have no democracy and we work the most hours a year and we have no vacation time because in the United States most of us are not permitted to have any free time and most Americans are sick slaves and yet they think the United States is the greatest country in the world. I traveled to Nordic west Europe including the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and all those FANTASTIC super-democracies and I could see how happy and healthy they are and how sick and enslaved the United States is and how stupid Americans are*
X1 Gen KaneshiroX (18 days ago)
Cremation is quite a very common thing in Japan
Patil Roupelian (22 days ago)
Why would you want a window on your coffin?
JOHN DANA (24 days ago)
Lies into the coffin to measure the size? I think its stupid
Tomáš Lukovický (27 days ago)
i rather use that money as toilet paper than paying for sending garbage to orbit. I don't care if you feed hyenas with my body, but please upload my brain to virtual reality first so i can "live" there forever :) something like one of the best episodes of Black Mirror - San Junitero
thatgirllNancyy (1 month ago)
So he said it rotates for 240 years but then what?! What happens after that.....does anyone know?!
Lego Og (1 month ago)
have to agree, cremation and plant burials are the best
Greggg57 (1 month ago)
"And go back to the soil." Hopefully not as a pickle. No embalming in that burial spot I hope.
giggity (1 month ago)
i want to be strap to a rocket and fire to the sun
acajudi100 (1 month ago)
Direct cremation. Plan your own cremation. Give body to medical science.. Keep audio journals using voice recorder apps.
underfire987 (1 month ago)
7:00 , man that is a little weird and this is coming from someone who works in funerals surrounded by the dead by themselves daily.
Jesusandbible (2 months ago)
Japan needs a Jesus revival.
Random Shuffle (3 months ago)
I love how respectful they are. Is amazing.
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
At least legal
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
Wow that grandmomorfather... SoO beauty
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
U should make uR private videos...
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
Anh gone make hotell with TV video
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
U want 2 earn Money... RIGHT PATH
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
Uknow WHAT torturere uR??? uR families PAIN.....that keep uR going AROUND Earth
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
Get ride of DEATH vireus
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
DEATH is FREEDOM Dont drag innocent people suffering
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
Uwant torturere uR loveone???
Oboy Phan (3 months ago)
U go and Explode dieeeee
Tarik Al-Hoshan (3 months ago)
Meanwhile many poor people die at home an rot on the floor for days.
Tarik Al-Hoshan (3 months ago)
The bedding is better, the brodery more colorful. Sure, I need that once dead. I need confort, you know ?
Tarik Al-Hoshan (3 months ago)
LMAO getting your remains into space?
Tarik Al-Hoshan (3 months ago)
Living in Saudi Arabia. Getting buried costs nothing. We do not even think about it.
Johnny Casteel (3 months ago)
The funeral industry is a scam to get grieving people to vice you money.
Lance Peñascosa (3 months ago)
15:07 ahh the perfect Japanese Gamer Grave, RGB and all
john hynes (3 months ago)
Wow, that wife. Her heart is really not in this documentary is it? And 40s? Really? She has to be 60!!
karthikeyan perumal (3 months ago)
Even in Poor countries like India there are millions of people donate their body/donate body parts for medical colleges. But so surprise to see people of one of the developed nation so much worried about after death.
Surjit Grewal (3 months ago)
My religion is so simple, cremated, no funeral box, just a wooden ladder, do not keep the dead body even for a night, ashes go into the running water. That is Sikhism.
Qwerty asdf (3 months ago)
Japanese culture is so weird
Fazlun Behardien (3 months ago)
Sad😪
Извините, пишу по русски: это попросту пиздец. о_0
Natth J (3 months ago)
Personally I think that it is better for the living family to keep those money wasted on a funeral around the world. Like I always say, when I die don't waste any money on my funeral, throw it anywhere, I don't care, because I am dead.......
Ning Ning2 (3 months ago)
This is a very nice video.
Song InYoung (3 months ago)
Japaness people so wise and so lovely.
Love God (3 months ago)
Finally business with the delusion
sam Tylor (3 months ago)
Outrageous
Lorrie Harkey (3 months ago)
This was most enjoyable, educational and quite reassuring..... great doc!!!!
JOE Bozza (3 months ago)
You can be eaten by a Polar Bear and her cubs 🐻 and recycled naturally...For only 20 grand🤪
Kelly Bluebook (3 months ago)
Grave friends ..like your really gonna care ...don’t they believe their body is just nothing ,,,
Kelly Bluebook (3 months ago)
Who cares when you die ? It’s just a body .i don’t care what happens
seekingjustthefacts (3 months ago)
All indigenous cultures are deeply spiritual. Unlike the West, which is deeply self-centered, individualistic and capitalistic. Everything centers around "me, I , myself surrounded by the mighty dollar.
NekoInk13 (3 months ago)
His wife looks a lot older than she is...looks like she has died inside and is ready to go now 😂
Jefiline Ow (3 months ago)
She wears the wrong makeup.
Robert Pearce (3 months ago)
My dad said, When I go don't spend any money on his funeral Money's for the living. . Instead. ..take me down the rubbish dump an bulldoze me into the landfill. I built him a memorial out of stainless steel from the scrap yard....installed on his grave. He would have loved that !
ITtheclownBBC channel (3 months ago)
When I die mike Tyson is gonna have my dmt... Its in my will
DAN corp (3 months ago)
I just suggest to japanese at the present,for married immediatlly make a baby as much as posibbly couse you are face the extinction on the future
Robert Kristiansen (3 months ago)
What about the Old People of Japan that Dies alone .Every Hour 3 Japan elder Dies Alone..!
solo sinti (3 months ago)
very,very stupid
Lee Bdst (3 months ago)
The most civilised modern country in the world become stupid NUT, while they still alive, they created robot to play with humans, instead of having more kids, and now they worrying life after death? Smart, riches country becomes a down fall.
Polar Bear (3 months ago)
We've all died and reincarnated possibly millions of times actually to be on point of fact my friend. By the way the video was excellent good work.
Joseph Lee (3 months ago)
After all said and done, it all comes down to one thing: cash. You need money to be born and you need money to die. What a lovely world we are in. I live in New York City for 56 years and the one major worries dying in NYC is pray the funeral home doesn't sell your body parts.
the last troll (3 months ago)
Throw me to the Bush and let me be feasted upon by hyenas, wild dogs and vultures.
Amy Lam (3 months ago)
Too bad it's too many commercial in between the video
XAustria (3 months ago)
People go coffin shopping in Japan like Americans go RV shopping, and the same age range at that. Very surreal
Cookingclinic (3 months ago)
The last ideas is awesome.
George George (3 months ago)
at 6:25 it looks like she fits into that coffin perfectly …. now just stand still … stop breathing dammit …. there … is done ...
Antonio Mamea (3 months ago)
The fact is that when you die you do not know any thing, whether your ash is taken anywhere or not. but the fact is that you pay the money. You also do not know whether you die at that place or not, may be there is a tsunami that will take you or a war or plane or whatever. You should use all your money to travel and be happy as you live, why have that beautiful bedding when you die while you struggle hard bed while alive. moths and decomposers will enjoy it
TheJapanChannelDcom (3 months ago)
"Journalists" love making stories like this - but what they are showing you here is actually rare in Japan.
Beautiful Angels (3 months ago)
Wow. Love their burial ideas. The light-up Bhudda urns were exceptionally beautiful.
Bliss (3 months ago)
I have many many questions... After I die can I change the coffin if does not fit later on ??
Bliss (3 months ago)
Can this ashes be collected later on from space if we change our mind after anyone dies 😬
Bliss (3 months ago)
Is there any upgrade plans after I die 😬 how can I upgrade already existing plan... Hmmm business people should think of this too
Bliss (3 months ago)
OMG 😂 how foolish people are ... Grow up guys...
Hala Alkhafaji (3 months ago)
Unbelievable 🤨
Meiren Aixin (3 months ago)
I wanted to be cremated and put it on the biodegradable urn then let my urn float in the sea or scattered my ashes on the sea (I am saving my money for anyone to buy a tickets for a cruise ship & my final request for them is to throw my urn in the middle of the ocean during their trip).. I really wanted to become one with the sea when I dies..
Zoclora (3 months ago)
Shooting my ashes in space sounds grate! No tombstone no fancy casket no nothing! Just make me into ash and shoot me into space! But if I live in Japan that modern temple sounds really cool to :3 and what that guy said about Buddhism is so very true and I feel Japan is the future for us all and we should really pay attention to what is being done there.
Therese Ward (3 months ago)
In America a person can donate their body to science. Wonder if Japan has that choice
lacuevadelvampiro (3 months ago)
i don't get why the translator has a thick accent...
Sondra Allen (3 months ago)
All you got to do is important Chinese men and they can increase the population size
Legion Boh (3 months ago)
All here says when I die... I'm already dead and I'm buried in this society. When il decompose, I don't care it's their problem.
Rowlo Eightyeight (3 months ago)
So they are basically the living dead... space? NASA? Lies! Wake up you sleeping dead! Repent and accept Jesus of Nazareth or run the gambling risk of perishing forever!
Rowlo Eightyeight (3 months ago)
Talking about death? How about talking about eternal life with Jesus of Nazareth! Oh that's right, these are the satanic dragon people................... I hope some believe
Crim Sin (3 months ago)
Land of the dead 💀
beep beep beep beep (3 months ago)
In USA that line would be to collect welfare
Raymond (3 months ago)
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Cheong Perry (3 months ago)
I thought dead Japanese folks are usually cremated.
Caboose Brooks (3 months ago)
I want an open casket and the song "pop goes the weasel " playing.
Caboose Brooks (3 months ago)
The lady in the beginning is early 40's? She looks early 60's. Just saying.
Crim Sin (3 months ago)
She look more like his mom lol
Crim Sin (3 months ago)
Caboose Brooks dame thought 😂😂😂
Duc Ly (3 months ago)
When I die, I want my ashes to be spread at a high end strip club so I can enjoy watching hot ladies dancing every night for free
Caboose Brooks (3 months ago)
Lol... I want an open casket and the song "pop goes the weasel " playing.
telly diana dayondon (3 months ago)
In our province we have a hill facing the sea ill go there when i feel like dying and ill shoot myself...
K Dixon (3 months ago)
40s?? Not likely
Crim Sin (3 months ago)
More like 60 lol
Caboose Brooks (3 months ago)
I just commented the same 60's more like it I think.
Estela Garcia (3 months ago)
Everybody will die.
Yves S (3 months ago)
Being short of land space and surrounded by water,I would think that there would be a lot more burials at sea.
Yves S (3 months ago)
The window in this coffin is bigger....nice,enjoy the view.
One Journey (3 months ago)
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Li-wei Ho (3 months ago)
the demo team sure gets lots daily arm workouts

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