The old man “die alone”, will we be next?

In April last year, an 87-year-old Japanese man was driving in a car accident in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The accident killed a mother and her three-year-old child and injured ten others. After this distressing traffic accident, verbal abuse directed at the elderly flooded Japanese social networking sites.

Many people angrily accused the old man of killing the mother and son: “How much do you have to limit the age of the driver? What should I do if an old man kills a young man!” “That old man is not worthy of being forgiven. Can you ignore the traffic lights? Young people will hate old people in the future.”

Seeing the comments of netizens, the German writer Marley Mentlein in Japan wrote on Twitter: “The feeling that young people in Japan give me is extremely resentful. They want to vent such a sentiment. Old people who pay taxes to survive, in turn, kill young people. What a thing! They are very rich! The hatred between different age groups may intensify in the future.”

After investigation, the cause of this tragedy was that the elderly driver mistakenly used the accelerator as a brake, but he was not arrested for it. This result, coupled with the pension issue of the elderly, and speculation about the end of the life-long employment system, has made young people’s hatred of the elderly even more obvious.

Incidents of old people violating young people or demeaning them with words have been labeled as “old age hazards” and spread widely on the Internet. Marley, who has been a German teacher in a prefectural high school for eight years, is worried about the current situation in Japan: “‘The idea of ​​not allowing the elderly to die happily has long been secretly accumulated and swept the society. It is only now taking the opportunity to break out. “In his contact with students, he also learned something. “The younger generation knows very well that from the perspective of the social and industrial structure of developed countries, the decline of old systems such as pensions is an inevitable fact. That’s why they have a hatred of’nowhere to vent. My students often seem to lack vigor. , I feel that I am the’relaxed generation, no one has expectations for it.’ Marley said.

| The gap between two generations |
A 21-year-old Tokyo female university student often feels disgusting towards the elderly, especially men. She said that sometimes she walked slowly in the subway station because of her shoes grinding her feet. Some people in her 70s would beat her leg with a cane while saying “Don’t grind” or get on the train. When crowding and pushing her.

She originally had a strong anxiety about her old age. She used to think, what would happen if she didn’t get married? Will there be enough money to live in a nursing home alone? Will she die alone at home? Later, after learning about pension policies and seeing the attitude of the elderly in the hospital waiting room, she lost her previous thoughts. She said: “Even if some of my friends are ill, they will not dare to go to the hospital for treatment because of financial constraints. Japanese elderly over 75 years old can get a 10% discount on the medical treatment fee. It’s easy to see that they are not seriously ill. Staying in the waiting room, I feel the unfairness between young and old.”

She also often sees “disgusting old people” remarks on the Internet, in which she said: “To be honest, I understand the psychology of these people. These remarks can put young people in an advantageous position, maintain their self-esteem, and put the other party at a disadvantage.”

| If unfortunately, it can be shared equally |
Although many young people have negative feelings about the elderly, there are others who sing the opposite. A technical worker in his 20s said on Twitter: “It’s really annoying to see so many bad things about the elderly. Are you lacking imagination?” He also refuted what his colleagues thought were mentioned above. The view that the elderly driver in the accident should be sentenced: “I can’t imagine what to do when an accident occurs when I am old. Just because I am an elderly person, the young man will say, “This person deserves to die” and he must die. Thinking is really dangerous.”

He believes that the reason why young people are so radical is because they are always labeled as “loose generations” and they often incur disgust from older people. In order to vent their grievances, they in turn label the elderly.

In the film “Ten Years of Japan” shot by director Hayakawa Chie, Japan is implementing the “75 Plan” ten years later, that is, all elderly people over the age of 75 are recommended to be euthanized. Hayakawa has felt before that, in addition to the elderly, Japanese society is equally harsh on vulnerable groups such as subsistence allowances. She plans to change “Ten Years of Japan” into a feature-length production. In an interview with the elderly, she asked: “If Japan really implements an euthanasia system similar to the ’75 Plan, what do you think?” Most elderly people answered “I think it’s good.” Their reasons are: “I don’t want to cause trouble to others” and “I want to choose to die.”

In April last year, an 87-year-old driver caused a car accident in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, resulting in 12 casualties. Since then, disgust and anger towards the elderly have swept Japanese social networks.

Young people feel that they are being dragged down, and the elderly don’t want to drag down others. How does that barrier arise? Hayakawa said: “The two generations have too few opportunities to contact each other. They don’t really understand each other. If we can build nursing homes and kindergartens next to each other, or arrange for middle school students to take care of the elderly for required voluntary activities, or encourage the elderly Take care of the children more, maybe young people won’t put on the words’old man damn’ when he gets older, he knows to cause trouble.”

Eliminating hatred in society is a long process. Marais feels pessimistic about this: “I don’t think there is a shortcut to this matter. Only when everyone’fairly’ lives an unfortunate life can we eliminate hatred. But if so, how terrible our world will become!”

|”Lonely Death” Live Reappearance |
Mountains of rubbish in the room, pets left behind by the dead owner, tatami mats soaked in body fluids…The exquisitely crafted room model reproduces the terrible death scene, making it impossible to look away.

The 27-year-old Kojima Miwa is the creator of the model. She has mastered the model making method entirely by self-study. His main job is sorting out the relics and special cleaning, and he makes models in his spare time.

At first, she made the “Lonely Death Scene Model” to participate in the “Funeral Industry Exhibition”. Every summer, the Japanese funeral industry organizes such an exhibition. In the past, regarding “Lonely Death”, only live photos were exhibited at the conference. They brought a great impact to the viewers, but once the photos were published in the media, they could only be mosaicked. Kojima wanted to convey the idea that “death alone may happen to ourselves” to the public, but suffered from no way to express it, so she thought of the way to make a model.

The so-called “death alone” refers to a situation where a person died at home without being guarded, and was only discovered a few days later. About 30,000 people die alone in Japan each year. Kojima’s annual workload is about 370 homes, of which 40% are lonely.

Miha Kojima who made the model of the death scene house

Many lonely people died in the bathroom. If the bathtub has a continuous heating function, the body will not remain intact due to accelerated decay.

Each cleaning team consists of five or six members. The working hours are from 9:30 in the morning to 2-3 in the afternoon, and there is no lunch break. After the body of the deceased was removed, Kojima’s work began: removing tatami mats and other objects that covered the ground, cleaning the body fluids from the body, removing odors and pests from the room, and removing the furniture. No matter how hot the weather is, they must wear full protective clothing and gas masks. In order not to affect the lives of nearby residents, windows cannot be opened during the entire cleaning process. Kojima said: “When doing cleaning, I will imagine the dead as my father, so that I will not be disgusted, and will not be dirty.”

My father died when he was in the second grade of high school on the island. At that time, his parents had been separated for two months. When his mother went to find his father to go through the divorce procedures, she found out that he had died and her mother fainted on the spot.

Kojima used the combination of small models to show the characteristics of the death scene, and even specially made the body fluids left after the body was lifted by the police. There are still several dead pet cats left in a house.

Later, the funeral staff who arranged for Xiaodao’s father not only charged a lot of money, but also worked sloppyly and broke his father’s belongings. Kojima felt that they did not understand the feelings of the family of the deceased, so he made up his mind to enter the industry. She read many books from the industry’s predecessors and persuaded her mother to finally join ToDo after two years.

Many lonely dead are no longer willing to communicate with the outside world, and the house seems to be a garbage dump.

Some lonely dead have committed suicide. They don’t want to cause trouble to others, they often tidy up the room, dispose of the furniture, and go to death when everything is ready.

At the beginning of work, she discovered the gap between reality and ideals. She thought that the families of the deceased would be sad because of the loss of their families, but in fact, more people would only turn their attention to inheritance. Kojima feels that Japanese society is becoming more and more affectionate. She hopes that through her own efforts, the dead can rest in peace and let more people understand the vulnerable groups such as the elderly who may die alone.