Grave concerns in Japan


What is important when selecting a grave? graph of japanese statistics

Excuse the poor pun of a title, but this survey into purchasing and moving graves by the Japan Stone Products Cooperative Association perhaps needed a little bit of levity on this weighty topic.

I’ve got my family plot bought (here’s a web site with a newspaper article on it, along with rather incongruous adverts), or at least it will be mine after 72 easy monthly installments, and perhaps this summer I may be able to take time to go and visit my future home

Research results

Q1: What worries do you have regarding owning a plot?

Don’t have anyone to bequeath it to33%
Can’t get to look after the plot28%
Getting along with the temple15%
Want to move closer to my plot in the countryside9%
Sharing the plot with my husband for all eternity5%
No particular worries6%

Q2: What is important when selecting a plot?

Close to home37%
Purchase, maintenance fees24%
Trustworthiness of the graveyard management17%
How good the facilities are at the graveyard10%
Surrounding environment5%
None of the above7%

Q3: What would you most want to discuss regarding a plot?

Getting an introduction to a graveyard, temple, etc29%
Moving graveyard22%
Changing graves13%
Discussion with religious sects11%
Discussion on gravestone repair, upgrade5%
Discussion on gravestone cleaning4%
None of the above16%


During March 2016, 1,435 people considering buying or moving graves completed this survey. No demographic information was presented.

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