Solitary deaths at home and suicides are increasing in Japan amid the pandemic. The locations of these incidents are known as "stigmatized properties." It's a label that can drastically lower the real estate value, as well as making it very difficult to find a new tenant or owner. Moreover, due to the perceived risk, elderly people living alone may find themselves rejected when trying to rent an apartment. We interviewed realtors specializing in such properties, and the operator of a well-known search site for stigmatized properties to shine some light on a dark side of Japanese society.
Guest: Tamaoki Myoyu (Buddhist monk/nurse)