Jewish World Review Dec. 29, 2010/ 22 Teves, 5771
They check in, but only after their lives are out: Business hotel for the dead opens in Tokyo
By The Yomiuri Shimbun
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Dubbed a "business hotel for the dead," the facility was established by
Bodies are identified with bar codes to avoid mix-ups, and the room is equipped with anti-bacterial lights. The facility also has Japanese-style rooms so families can discuss the funeral arrangements in relative comfort. The center's staff is available to give advice on choosing a mortician and deciding on funeral details.
Rates at the "business hotel" run
There are not many other NPOs that have built such a well-equipped facility for the dead.
"Bereaved families usually are rushed to decide on a mortician and often have problems later regarding the funeral," Nyokai Matsushima of LISS System said.
"We want the families to have time to think, so they can decide on a satisfactory ceremony while their deceased relatives have a place to rest (temporarily) at our 'business hotel.'"
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