Leading types of funeral services Japan 2020

According to a survey conducted in February 2020, close to 49 percent of respondents in Japan held general customary funerals for their deceased family members, while about 41 percent had smaller family funerals.
In a general procedure of funeral services in Japan, a wake takes place on the first day, and a funeral ceremony followed by cremation is performed on the second day. At family funerals, families only invite relatives to the funerals and decline condolatory money or offerings from people outside of the family.

Leading types of funeral services in Japan as of February 2020

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

February 26 to 28, 2020

Number of respondents

1,979 respondents

Age group

40 years and older

Special properties

members of bereaved families who attended funerals within the last two years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Types of funerals according to the source:

General funeral: includes a wake and a ceremony. Attendees can be relatives, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, etc.
Family funeral: includes a wake and a ceremony. Attendees are only relatives and very close friends.
One-day funeral: includes only a ceremony and finishes in one day.
Funeral without a ceremony: includes only a brief ceremony before a cremation without any religious rituals.

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