His granddaughter told investigators Kato holed up in his room about 30 years ago after declaring he wanted to be a living Buddha, police and Tokyo officials said. They believe Kato died soon after that.Unless his bank account has just been accumulating interest for 30 years, someone has been taking money out. For "expenses". For the old man. Yeah, that's the ticket!
Tokyo police were investigating possible crimes on suspicion Kato’s family received pension money of the man and his dead wife.
So he wasn't really the oldest,
but his relatives were the boldest -
paying him formal respect,
while cashing his pension checks.