Japanese cemetery launches Bluetooth ‘communal tombstones’

A Japanese cemetery has introduced high-tech tombstones to give people a practical funeral option. (Screenshot from https://syukatsu123.jp/yachiyo/hikari.html)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The cost of a funeral is usually a burden for most Japanese families. In light of this observation, a Japanese cemetery has introduced high-tech tombstones to give people a practical funeral option. 

According to SoraNews24, the Yachiyo Yukyu no Sato Cemetery in Chiba Prefecture has launched a stone tombstone equipped with Bluetooth technology.

The tombstone features a small electronic screen, and the family members who go to pay their respects must bring a special talisman to activate the tombstone’s Bluetooth.  

When mourners approach, the tombstone displays their loved one’s name, date of death, and more. After mourners leave, the screen automatically returns to its default setting.  

When mourners approach, the tombstone displays their loved one’s name, date of death, and more.  (Screenshot from https://syukatsu123.jp/yachiyo/hikari.html)
A Japanese cemetery has introduced high-tech tombstones to give people a practical funeral option. (Screenshot from https://syukatsu123.jp/yachiyo/hikari.html)

The cost of a communal tombstone is 290,000 yen (NT$78,000), which is much cheaper than the average price of 7 million yen (about NT$1.9 million) for a regular tombstone.  

The increase in communal tombstones is in response to Japan’s aging society. Some of the deceased have no family to take care of their affairs, or their relatives cannot afford the cost of a plot of land. Therefore, sharing a grave becomes a good option.

After mourners leave, the screen will automatically return to the default setting.  (Screenshot from https://syukatsu123.jp/yachiyo/hikari.html) 

Shared graves, of course, also offer customization service, so that mourners can choose what information to display on the screen and how to present it.