In the Media

Crime up as old are bent with age

PUBLISHED January 31, 2006

For decades they have done battle with violent Yakuza gangsters and crafty Sokaiya racketeers, but the police have seen the alarming new face of crime in Japan - and it's wrinkled.

From theft to arson to murder, figures by the National Police Agency tell a sorry tale of soaring "neo-geriatric" crime during 2005. In a year when youth crime fell, the over-65s accounted for more than one in ten of all Japanese arrests -- a dramatic leap from the one-in-50 level recorded in 1990.