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Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail

Sarah Best

12th February 2019

Japan has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, and also one of the lowest birth rates.

These factors it is partly believed has resulted in some Japanese pensioners deliberately breaking the law so that they can go to jail. Delving deeper into the story the article explores some of the pensioners explanations for commiting crimes, including poverty (and jail is free) and not wishing to be a burden on their families.

This article could be used within the Families and Households unit (demographics) and Crime and Deviance.

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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