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Corpse Hotels are Growing in Demand

Corpse hotels, or hotels where people can check in their dead till the crematorium or cemetery becomes available, have become a burgeoning trend across Japan. The fast-aging society and death rate in the country have contributed to this practical solution in cities. Ninety-nine percent of people are cremated in Japan, the highest rate of cremation in the world. Due to this rush, a crematorium is not always readily available. At one such ‘itai hoteru’ or morgue-cum-inn in Osaka, Hotel Relation, the rooms have built-in altars and platforms to hold the temperature-controlled coffins. Up to four relatives can sleep in an adjacent room, which has twin beds and a TV. It is believed that the demand for corpse hotels is only going to grow. About 1.3 million people died in Japan last year, up 35 percent from 15 years earlier, and the annual death rate is expected to go up till it touches 1.7 million in 2040.

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