Japan has started tagging their wondering elderly with bar codes to keep track of them

That Japan has always been a scientifically-based country shouldn’t come into doubt since Emperor Hirohito was a scientist himself. Emperor Hirohito was a marine biologist and it was from his scientific studies that he figured out how to use the jet stream to float balloons loaded with biological weapons to the US west coast after WWII, some of these balloons crashed at Roswell. Japan had at the time a real scientific God-ruler. Japan continues applying scientific applications to its society and has introduced a type of stick-on electronic identifier for elderly Japanese who are getting lost. As Japan’s populations age signs of this aging are appearing all over the country. Yesterday, an elderly man drove his car through the front of a convenience store when he mistook the brake for the accelerator. A couple of months ago, an elderly Japanese man got into his car and started driving. He ended up hours away from home and had no idea how he got to where he was in the car when he finally stopped. His daughter had to get on the train and bring him back home. Now Japan has started tagging their elderly with bar codes to keep track of them.


Japan Is Tagging and Tracking the Elderly With Stickers

December 8, 2016

by Sidney Fussell

The oldest country in the world is taking new steps to keep their wandering elders in check: adding barcodes their thumbnail and toenails. It’s creepy, but potentially life saving.

A company in Iruma, a city about 40 miles from Tokyo, is rolling out a tagging system for elderly patients suffering from dementia: a transparent, one-inch sticker with a QR code. The seal is water-resistant and stays on for up to two weeks. The code has a record of the patient’s name, address, phone number, and who to contact in case they’re found disoriented. The QR code doesn’t track the elderly person’s movements, however, it just provides specific information when scanned at a police station.

One in three native Japanese citizens is over the age of 60 and Japanese outlet Yomiuri estimates as many as 3,000 elderly citizens have early symptoms of dementia. The Guardian reports that last year, more than 12,000 people with dementia were reported missing. Most were found within a few days, but more than 450 were found dead. 150 were never found.

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