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September 18, 1987

TOKYO (AP) _ The country that produced the overnight automatic breadmaker and portable underwear dryer has come out with a mail service for the dead.

For fees ranging from $70 to $3,500, ″Heavenly Mail″ will deliver letters, presents and videotapes made in advance for the deceased to leave their loved ones, according to creator Tsutomu Totani.

The amount is based on the type of message delivered, and the amount of time it has to be held.

Through Heavenly Mail, the departed can leave instructions for running companies, introduce themselves to grandchildren they never met and tell family members secrets they took to the grave, Totani said.

He admits no one has taken him up on his offer since he launched the service in July, but attributes the lack of interest to inadequate advertising.

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