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    Death Begets Business Opportunities In Japan 

    Japan is aging so fast — while births are in decline — that some models predict its population will drop by a third in 50 years. A headache for policymakers, the trend is an opportunity for entrepreneurs specializing in clearing heirless homes of the deceased, then commoditizing what they collect. They even have a trade group: The Association of Cleanout Professionals, and it expects its 8,000-strong membership to double within the next decade, pumping more life into a sector that’s already taking in $4.5 billion per year.

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