Poverty driving Japan’s senior citizens to crime

Theft is the most common crime of senior citizens, many of whom face declining health, low incomes and a sense of isolation.

“The elderly are turning to shoplifting as an increasing number of them lack assets and children to depend on.”

Some are deliberately committing crimes so they will be put in jail and thus receive food and shelter. Japan is now officially in a recession, so things will be getting worse, not better, for a while.

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