Middle-aged men in South Korea are particularly at risk of dying alone

More and more people are living alone in South Korea—as a consequence, more people are also dying alone.

Solitary deaths have been long documented in rapidly ageing Japan, where the phenomenon is known as kodokushi (paywall) and usually happens to the elderly, whose deaths can often go undiscovered for days or much longer. However, in Korea, the demographic of people dying alone—known as godoksa—is much younger. According to the Seoul Welfare Foundation, a government-linked...

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