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CREMATION IN JAPAN.

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CREMATION IN JAPAN. A Japanese medical paper says that cremation was introduced into Japan in the reign of the Emperor Ito. In 1871 special crematoria were built, and there are now seven of them at Tokio, each with 22 furnaces. The proportion of crema- tions to burials exceeds that in any Euro- pean city, and is increasing annually. Thus, of 34,000 persons who died at Tokio in 1897, 15,000, or 40 per cent., were cremated, the proportion in 1894 being 37 per cent., while in 1898 it is estimated to have reached 43 per cent. The method is the same for all, but the charges vary according to the amount of personal superinten- dence, the first-class having two attendants, the second one for each cremation, while, in the third- class, one attendant has charge of several furnaces I at the same time. The duration of the process is from throe to five hours.

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