At 111, oldest man in Tokyo has been 'dead for 30 years'
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Health
Skeletons dug up by workmen may be medieval
Most 111-year-olds would struggle to blow out their birthday cake candles. Sogen Kato, thought to be the oldest man in Tokyo, found it extra hard on account of being dead for around 30 years.
Police are now investigating the family for possible fraud, the BBC reported.
The mummified skeletal remains of Kato lying in his bed were discovered after local government officials tried to wish him a happy birthday but couldn't get in.
The BBC said officials grew suspicious when his granddaughter told them he "doesn't want to see anybody".
Welfare officials had tried to meet Kato since early this year but family members repeatedly chased them away. Police forced their way into the house on Wednesday.