Kodokushi, Japan's epidemic of isolation through the eyes of a 'lonely death' cleaner
Lonely deaths, or kodokoshi, have become disturbingly common in Japan. Elderly people die alone in their apartments, where their bodies sometimes lie undiscovered for weeks or months… until neighbours catch whiff of the stench, that is.
A whole industry has even emerged around the phenomenon, with numerous companies offering to clean out the homes of the deceased. An RTD crew went to Japan to learn why the situation has gotten so bad and find out how the cleaners feel about their jobs.