Japan is expected to eventually have some 10 million social recluses, according to an expert. Photo: Shutterstock

Japanese man, 61, kept father’s decomposing corpse for a month as he was scared to be alone

  • The case has refocused attention on the country’s more than 1 million hikikomori as the parents who cared for them are ageing and dying
  • Experts say there are currently no provisions to help these elderly social recluses
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Japan is expected to eventually have some 10 million social recluses, according to an expert. Photo: Shutterstock
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.