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Sa intelegem asiaticii – azi japonezii


Preparing for death in Japan, the Yahoo way. An animated video on Yahoo Japan’s Web site asks, “If today was the last day of your life, would you be ready for the journey?”

“Yahoo Japan’s job has been to solve social problems through the power of the Internet and to provide services from the cradle to the grave,” said Megumi Nakashima, a spokeswoman for the company.

This end-of-life preparation is also known as “shukatsu” (pronounced the same but written differently in Japanese from the job-searching term). The basic service will deactivate users’ Yahoo accounts after their deaths.

The new Ending service, announced last week, is being portrayed as a way to address the kinds of problems encountered by families around the world who lack the passwords or legal authority necessary to close down the Facebook or other online accounts of relatives who have died.

http://wapo.st/1qv4YoC

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