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Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

The Business of Death: Japanese Flock to the First 'Life Ending' Expo

Planning for death has become a thriving business in Japan as factors like the quake tragedy and an aging population spur more people—including the young—to confront their mortality. At a three-day Tokyo death industry expo in early December, the first of its kind, more than 22,000 visitors came to peruse around 220 exhibitors' funereal offerings, from coffins and urns to portraits. Photographs by Tomohiro Ohsumi for Bloomberg