One in five middle-aged Japanese want their ashes scattered in the wind

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Where would you like to be interred? graph of japanese statisticsHere is a rather interesting survey from Hoken (insurance) Clinic, looking at the diversification of graves and funerals.

Demographics

Over the 4th and 5th of August 2015 500 people, 250 male and 250 female, aged between 40 and 60 years old completed an internet-based questionnaire. There is an implication in Q1 that everyone was married.

In Japan, cremation then interring the ashes in a family grave is the tradition. However, in Q5 an arborium cemetery is currently in vogue; this is usually a small grove of trees (run by the council with no ongoing maintenance fees) with a large underground space for urns. A multi-storey crypt has a visiting room, where on using your ID card, your relative’s urn plus shrine gets delivered to a viewing space. Here is a video of one in operation.

Research results

Q1: Would you like to be interred with your spouse? (Sample size=500)

 Female
N=250
Male
N=250
Yes73.6%89.4%
No26.4%10.6%

Q2: Have you got a grave? (Sample size=500)

Yes, my ancestors one52.6%
Yes, already purchased one9.0%
Plan to buy10.2%
Won’t buy one28.2%

Q3: Who will you entrust tending your grave to? (Sample size=500, multiple answer)

 VotesPercentage
Children25551.0%
Spouse17835.6%
Siblings448.8%
Relatives295.8%
No-one14529.0%

Q4: What kind of funeral would you want? (Sample size=500)

 VotesPercentage
Family ceremony28557.0%
Ordinary ceremony7414.8%
Just straight to the crematorium6312.6%
Private ceremony397.8%
No wake, just one-day ceremony and cremation224.4%
Memorial ceremony112.2%
Other61.2%

Q5: Where would you like to be interred? (Sample size=500)

 VotesPercentage
Cemetery21643.2%
Scattered to the four winds10120.2%
Nearby temple, church graveyard8016.0%
Arborium cemetery5410.8%
Multi-storey crypt, charnel house438.6%
Other61.2%
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