The explanation for this swing from young to old crime is that some impoverished elderly turn to shoplifting.
It is not just Japan with this problem. In the US, 20% of prisoners are seniors.
The number of British prisoners aged over 60 years has risen by 130% between 2002 and 2013, a shift attributed to an increase in the convictions for historic sex abuse.
Over the last year I have been working on ways to improve the customer experience for brands, cities and patients. Perhaps I should look at the prisoner journey.
Remember that older prisoners suffer from all of the same physiological effects of age as does a customer. I wonder if anybody is considering this issue? I bet they are not. Dick Stroud