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Why Elderly Japanese Women Are Going to Jail On Purpose

Offbeat  (tags: Japan, elderly, jailed, petty crime, security, company, care, breakdown of traditions )

- 363 days ago -
Increasingly, the elderly populations feel lonely, bored, and unafraid of the legal ramifications. Many have even come to see prison as an upgrade from their daily lives. The elderly crime rate has quadrupled over the past couple of decades.


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Evelyn B (63)
Sunday June 24, 2018, 5:14 am
Several articles on this problem, e.g.:

Japan's elderly account for 20% of all crime — and it's turning prisons into nursing homes

Elderly people in Japan are getting arrested on purpose because they want to go to prison

" In prisons, one out of every five inmates is a senior citizen. And in many cases — nine out of 10, for senior women — the crime that lands them in jail is petty shoplifting.

The unusual phenomenon stems from the difficulties of caring for the country's elderly population. The number of Japanese seniors living alone increased by 600% between 1985 and 2015, Bloomberg reported. Half of the seniors caught shoplifting reported living alone, the government discovered last year, and 40% of them said they either don't have family or rarely speak to them.

For these seniors, a life in jail is better than the alternative. "

. (0)
Sunday June 24, 2018, 5:28 am
Good heavens..😮

Sunday June 24, 2018, 7:34 am
they have lost their faith!

Colleen L (3)
Sunday June 24, 2018, 10:44 am
So very sad.. Wish there was other ways to take care of and involve them with better alternatives. Thanks Evelyn

Peggy B (43)
Monday June 25, 2018, 7:56 am
I thought their culture revered their elderly. It must be only the ones you're related to.

Janet B (0)
Monday June 25, 2018, 6:56 pm

Connie O (45)
Monday June 25, 2018, 7:26 pm
Sadly I can understand their situation.

Janis K (129)
Monday June 25, 2018, 11:04 pm
Thanks for sharing.

John J (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2018, 3:16 am
thanks for sharing

Jack Y (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2018, 4:14 am

Jerome S (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2018, 4:34 am
Thank you

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday June 27, 2018, 6:01 am
Peggy - I suspect that even within families, this is happening ...

They have the fragmenting of families because housing is more geared to nuclear family units, people travel to new (far) locations for work ... (Westernisation of culture??)
And both cost of living & living styles move members of extended families away from the nuclear unit ... leaving widowed elders more cut off
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