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Why Are Grandpas and Grandmas Shoplifting?

Numbers don’t lie: there is a trend going on in Japan that is seeing the number of elderly people committing petty crimes go up. Among these crimes, the top one is shoplifting. Upon seeing these numbers, researchers and demographers became puzzled as they tried to come up with a good hypothesis that could explain the…

Are Old People Being Dumped in Forests and Left to Die?

A young woman looks at her mother. The frail, old woman can no longer walk long distances and usually spends her days inside the house with the family. Her hair has turned white, and the foggy mist in her eyes indicates that she is losing her vision. Her daughter really loves her, but does not…

The Morbid World of Oshima Teru

After months of spending your limited free time stressfully looking for the perfect place to live, you end up finding a 1LDK apartment in coveted Chiyoda ward. It’s a dream property. An apartment of that size in the heart of Tokyo is rarely available, and much less at the price that is being offered to…

Climb One of the Tallest Towers in Japan and Help Raise Mental Health Awareness

Several types of mental illnesses are heavily stigmatized in Japan. As a country that truly values conformity, people who have mental illnesses are often singled out. In order to remove these stigmas and provide mental health awareness, an event will be held on September 10, 2017, which is World Suicide Prevention Day, allowing people to…

Mt Mihara: Explore the History Behind Japan’s Suicide Volcano

Japan is surrounded by many volcanoes serving a significant role in the country’s culture and mythology. One of its active volcanoes, Mt Mihara, lies on the Island of Izu Oshima. It is an exciting and dramatic place for a variety of reasons. Characteristics of Mt Mihara iflscience.com/ Mt Mihara has a lot of interesting characteristics…

Yukio Shige, The Man Who Saves People from Suicide

It is often commented that Japan is a safe country to visit, crime is low and women can walk at night with little worry. However, Japan seems to have a high suicide rate, with some high profile cases appearing each month, in 2014, 70 people were committing suicide every day. Suicide rates have been declining…