Japan Emperor And The Empress Want Cut-Price Funerals

The Emperor and the Empress of Japan have stated they wish to be cremated in cut-price funerals after their deaths, breaking with 350 years of tradition.

In ancient times, Japan's emperors were buried and cremations did not come into vogue until the early eighth century

The Emperor and the Empress of Japan have stated they wish to be cremated in cut-price funerals after their deaths, breaking with 350 years of tradition.
Emperor Akihito, 78, and Empress Michiko, 78, have informed the Imperial Household Agency that they would like to be cremated as part of simple services to mark their deaths “to minimise the impact on the lives of the citizens”.
Shingo Hakata, the head of the agency, admitted at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday that the request was unusual, but added that the Emperor and Empress have “repeatedly expressed their opinions on the subject”.
In ancient times, Japan’s emperors were buried and cremations did not come into vogue until the early eighth century. Burials for the elite in Japanese society returned in the mid-17th century and have been the accepted practice ever since.
In 1989, the Emperor Showa was buried at the Musashino Imperial Mausoleum in the Hachioji district of Tokyo, with the structure alone costing Y2.6 billion (£19.89 million).
Acutely aware of the nation’s perilous financial situation – Japan’s national debt stood at 229.77 per cent of GDP in 2011, the highest in the world – as well as the need to raise funds to pay for the reconstruction of large parts of the northeast of the country that were devastated by last year’s earthquake and tsunami, the imperial couple have apparently taken it upon themselves to be less of a burden on the nation.
The Emperor, the 125th of his line, underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 2003 and, in February of this year, underwent heart bypass surgery and was hospitalised for a prolonged spell after complications set in.
He appeared weak and was supported by the Empress when he read an address on the one year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11.

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