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Rest in Peace? Japanese Hotel Takes in the Dead

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOKYO) -- You've heard of business hotels before, but a business hotel for the dead?  A Japanese company is banking on the concept, taking in corpses for a nightly fee to help families buy time to plan funerals.

The LISS Center in Tokyo looks like any apartment building from the outside, but inside you'll find caskets lined up, a refrigerator large enough to hold 37 bodies and anti-bacterial lights hovering above to keep the rooms sanitized.

Center counselor Nyokai Matsushima says he wanted to create a place where the dead can stay so families wouldn't feel rushed to plan the funeral.  He charges about $90 a night and helps with funeral planning.

The hotel is the first of its kind in Japan, but the LISS Center isn't the first to cash in on death.  With Japan's elderly population growing faster than in any other country, the funeral industry's expanding with it.  Last month, a popular convenience store announced it was considering getting into the funeral industry, and last year, one of Japan's largest retailers began offering funeral service arrangements.

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