Trivia

Hard

Which Country Has The Highest Rate Of Cremation?

Japan
The United States
France
Korea

Answer: Japan

Globally, cremation rates vary wildly from country to country (and even within regions of a given country) based on local social customs and religious beliefs. Within the United States, for example, the national rate of cremation is roughly 33 percent but varies regionally from as high as 68 percent (Nevada) to as low as 10 percent (Mississippi).

The cremation rate in Japan, however, surpasses any regional or national rate around the world by a wide margin. As of 2009, 99.9 percent of all funeral rites in Japan were carried out by cremation.

It wasn’t always this way, however. Historically in Japan cremation was a funerary practice reserved for the wealthy; most commoners were simply buried. Increasing population density in the wake of World War II as well as an increased interest in cleanliness and efficient use of space combined with more affordable cremation services yielded a rapidly rising cremation rate. Some regions of Japan have even banned burial as a practice and all deceased within the region are cremated.

Grave plots are still common in Japan, but instead of a casket-size plot per person, smaller family crypts (which hold the ashes of multiple family members) are the most common arrangement.

Trivia

Hard

Listerine Mouthwash Is Named After?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These U.S. States Is Known For An Architectural Detail Called A “Witch Window”?

Trivia

Hard

The Largest “Hidden Mickey” In The World Is A?

Trivia

Easy

Who Wanted To Play Spider-Man So Much He Attempted To Purchase Marvel Comics?

Trivia

Easy

In The Song Bohemian Rhapsody, “Scaramouche” Is A?

Trivia

Easy

The Only Planet In Our Solar System That Isn’t Named After A Roman Deity Is?

Trivia

Hard

What Beverage-related Item Was Invented Entirely By Accident?

Trivia

Hard

Which Animal Has The Best Sense Of Taste?

Trivia

Easy

What Is The Official Operating System Of North Korea?

Trivia

Hard

Blood Drives Tied To Which Of These Movie Franchises Have Collected Over 120,000 Pints Of Blood?