Flat landlord Yoshie Fukuhara, 77, lays flowers as she prays where the body of an 85-year-old man was left for over a month, after the special cleaning of the flat in Tokyo March 21, 2015.
Specialist clean-up crews are on hand to cleanse "lonely death" apartments once their passing is spotted, including placing incense and flowers.
The body of the man in his 80s was found on the floor of his apartment. The family didn't visit, and the only reason for the body's discovery was the slight smell that troubled the downstairs neighbor. In a country where around 5 million elderly people live alone, the number of decaying bodies found in empty homes is expected to soar.