Elderly residents walk along a street in the Toshima district of Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg
Elderly residents walk along a street in the Toshima district of Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg

Starvation death of mother and daughter in Japan reveals harsh cost of poverty in the time of coronavirus

  • Support centres around the country have seen a surge in consultations, but the tragedy in Osaka shows that there are also those who fall through the safety net
  • Evidence shows that phenomenon of ‘kodokushi’, or people dying alone and remaining undiscovered, is becoming increasingly frequent

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Elderly residents walk along a street in the Toshima district of Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg
Elderly residents walk along a street in the Toshima district of Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg
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