People cremated in Japan, after dying, leave both ashes and some belongings they carried on their body. Among them, gold or silver or platinum teeth. And, as you know, these metals are worth a lot of money.
The city of Kyoto, intends to check the rest of the ashes that it has in its deposit in search of these metals to commercialize in the market. According to the city, this would be a way to earn millions of yen that could be converted into investments in the city’s own cremation system.
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People cremated in Japan and the rest of their ashes
In Japan, people tend to be cremated when they die. However, cremation is an energy-intensive process and requires specialized equipment, so the places that can perform it are limited.
Take the city of Kyoto, for example. They are said to have only one large crematorium in Kyoto’s central, city-run funeral parlor in the Yamashina Wing.
To make matters more problematic, in the Kansai regions of Japan, particularly Kyoto and Nara, there is a very old custom of mourners only removing certain bones of the deceased after cremation and transporting them to the family grave. The remains are buried by the crematorium in its own premises.
The “tomb” of Kyoto’s Central Funeral Hall, for lack of a better word, where he deposits all his leftover ashes, is filling up. As a result, the city instituted a method to reduce the current volume of ash by sieving the unburned bone fragments and grinding them into smaller pieces, and during this sieving process precious metals were also found🇧🇷
So, in this way, a solution appeared for the city of Kyoto.
The idea of selling the items of people cremated in Japan
A proposal was presented to the City Council to sell these metals that were once people’s dental work and that survived cremation. A fill of gold here and there is certainly not worth much, but when filtering out 39 tons of ashes generated in 13,000 cremations between April and December last year, it adds up.
But don’t take my word for it, here’s a breakdown of the metals purchased:
- 7.1 kg of gold
- 0.2 kg of platinum
- 21.1 kg of silver
- 6.2 kg of palladium
All this adds up to 119 million yen (more than R$4 million) in precious metals. The city is currently discussing whether to proceed with the sale and save the money to use when the funeral parlor needs renovations. On the one hand, it would be wasteful to simply throw away these useful and valuable substances. On the other hand, the plan certainly has a macabre feel.
The city of Kyoto is under no obligation to discuss it, as there is legal precedence supporting its ownership over the remains. Furthermore, since all remains are stored together, it would be nearly impossible to distinguish which metals belonged to whom in an effort to return them.
Source: Sora News.