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Japan’s housing system is a bit different than the rest of the world’s. For instance, although Tokyo and the surrounding locality constitute the largest metropolitan area in the world, no doubt complete with houses, apartments, sky rises and lofts, sometimes they still make old ladies live in the closets of the seemingly wealthy.
Excuse us actually – it appears our wording there was a bit off. Old ladies secretly living in the closets of younger men has never been state sanctioned in Japan – but it recently happened anyway.
And for an entire year too.
There was a Japanese man content living in his apartment alone. About a year ago he left home but failed to lock the door, so a homeless old lady moved into his closet and lived there secretly for about a year.
CNN has the scoop:
“The resident of the home installed security cameras that transmitted images to his mobile phone after becoming puzzled by food disappearing from his kitchen over the past several months. One of the cameras captured someone moving inside his home Thursday after he had left, and he called police, believing it was a burglar. However, when they arrived, they found the door locked and all windows closed.”
Puzzling, right? Well it shouldn’t be. We already told you how it ended. Furthermore, we have a quote from the police spokesman:
“We searched the house … checking everywhere someone could possibly hide. When we slid open the shelf closet, there she was, nervously curled up on her side.”
The lady went as far as moving a mattress into his closet drawer or whatever it was she was living in. Also she had a coffee pot up there, a soup cooker, a small fridge and over 200 varieties of fruit roll-up. That sweet sticky goodness was always her weakness, she can be quoted as saying.
Or she can’t. Actually we made up everything past mattress – but still, the woman had an entire sleeping apparatus up there and the guy didn’t know for all that time. Strange.
We sympathise with him actually. We had a very similar experience, except instead of a homeless lady living in our closet we had one dismembered in our freezer. In our defence she came with the apartment, and we reported it to the proper authorities once we realised our landlord was charging us for two. We’re not paying for that.
Seriously, our budget won’t allow it.