WEIRD NEWS
09/13/2011 03:33 pm ET | Updated Nov 13, 2011

'Corpse Hotels' Boom In Japanse Death Industry (VIDEO)

No, this isn't the plot for some back-to-school horror flick, it's a booming part of a famously growing facet of the Japanese economy: the death industry.

"Corpse hotels" are a new "temporary morgue" made to combat overcrowding in the crematoriums.

Equipped with refrigerator caskets and a decorated with a distinct hotel-like vibe, the facilities store the bodies of the deceased until space opens up for their remains to be incinerated.

According to CNN, such services cost families around ¥12,000 (roughly $150) a night. Non-refrigerated rooms are also available for family members to stay with the body.

In a country where the average wait time for cremation can be up to 4 days, this provides some financial kick to an economy some are worried might be taking a hit because of the rapidly aging population.

"Japan, with 128 million people, is one of the world's most rapidly aging societies. It has one of the lowest birthrates and one of the longest life expectancies – fueling concerns about its shrinking tax base and overburdened public pension and medical care systems."

It also seems these services are here to stay, since simply building more crematoriums in already crowded urban areas was met with resistence.