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Dead Bodies Increase Pollution Problem

Date Posted: 2000-10-21

The Japanese practice of cremating the bodies of deceased persons is found to be a major contributor to dioxin contamination in major cities. Adding to the problem is the practice of placing various mementos, such as golf clubs, plastic dolls and even pacemakers of the deceased person into the coffin, to be cremated together with the body. Officials at the Ministry of Health are advising funeral homes to inform families requesting their services to refrain from cremating anything else with the body.

They also say that as many of the corpses are kept on dry ice before the cremation, the cremation process itself creates more air pollution than if the body was not frozen. However, the funeral home operators say that they are between a rock and a hard place, as bereaved families usually have their own ideas about the funeral procedures and usually turn a deaf ear to requests of outsiders.

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