Japan Funeral Houses Offer Remote Services in Pandemic

View of Buddhist stone ornaments at Gangoji, one of the seven great temples of the Heian Period in Nara. Image: LightRocket/Getty/Kyodo

NAGOYA, Japan (Kyodo) — Funeral operators in Japan have recently been offering online services for bereaved families to mourn their loved ones remotely, amid government calls to reduce human contact to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Nishida Sougisha, a funeral parlor in Nagoya, central Japan, is using a videoconferencing app to allow mourners to participate in services.

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