Japan's Elderly Go on a Petty Crime Spree

For many, benefits aren’t enough, families are gone, and hunger hurts
Photograph by Hiroshi Higuchi/Getty Images

It’s never too late to turn to a life of crime. Fumio Kageyama was 67 when he first crossed the line, making an unsuccessful attempt to rob a drunken passenger on a train in March 2008. Given a suspended jail sentence, Kageyama was caught two months later stealing a bowl of rice and pork from a supermarket. This time he went to prison for two years.

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