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Total sales of funeral services Japan FY 2010-2019

In the fiscal year 2019, the total sales of funeral services in Japan amounted to approximately 592 billion Japanese yen. This was a slight decrease of close to one percent from the previous fiscal year. The number of established funeral service businesses in Japan amounted to over 2.5 thousand in fiscal 2019.

Modern funerals in Japan

The customs of Japanese funeral services vary depending on region, religion, and religious denomination. Most modern funeral services in Japan are, however, conducted with Buddhist rites. Although the connection of the Japanese citizens with Buddhist temples has become sparser with the times, it is still common to invite a priest from a temple to a funeral and receive a sutra reading and dharma name for the deceased family member. A modern Buddhist funeral usually starts with a wake in the evening of the first day. On the second day, a cremation is carried out after a funeral ceremony. It is most common to request companies that specialize in the funeral business to coordinate the services and hold a funeral at a funeral home, as revealed in a survey conducted in 2020. In this manner, families can complete the whole procedure of a funeral, also a cremation, in one place.

Expenses for a funeral

A bereaved family in Japan has plenty to manage when it comes to the financing of a funeral. If the family is willing to hold a usual funeral with Buddhist rites, costs for a funeral service, expenses for a ceremonial meal and reciprocal gift for attendees, and alms for a priest engaging at the funeral are required. Additionally, families that do not own a family grave or a family Buddhist altar would need to purchase those items anew. Due to its high financial requirements, it is with increasing frequency that families hold a one-day funeral without a wake or a funeral without a ceremony to minimize the costs. In order to reduce the financial burden and stress of the remaining family members, the end-of-life planning “shukatsu” has also gained popularity in the recent Japanese society.

Total sales of funeral services in Japan from fiscal year 2010 to 2019

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Source

Release date

May 2020

Region

Japan

Survey time period

fiscal year 2010 to 2019; the Japanese fiscal year starts on April 1 of the stated year and ends on March 31 of the following year

Supplementary notes

1 Japanese yen equals 0.0095 U.S. dollars or 0.0080 euros as of August 2020.
Figures have been rounded.

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