101-year-old child raper becomes Britain's oldest convict

Dec 17, 2016

101-year-old child raper becomes Britain's oldest convict

A 101-year-old man became the oldest Briton ever to be convicted of a criminal offense when he was found guilty on Friday of a string of sex crimes against young girls. Ralph Clarke, a retired truck driver, was convicted of abusing and raping two ...

Dec 8, 2016

Flickering lights may hold potential to treat Alzheimer's

Scientists have used flickering LED lights to shrink, in mouse brains, the beta amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s Disease in humans, they reported on Wednesday. While too early to say if this could translate into a much-needed treatment for the debilitating illness, it does ...

Asahikawa Prison revamped for elderly inmates

Nov 29, 2016

Asahikawa Prison revamped for elderly inmates

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Should prison facilities be friendly to aging inmates or remain punitively hard for criminals? It is a question that was faced by Asahikawa Prison in Hokkaido, which was remodeled and reopened earlier this year. The three-story, reinforced concrete building has about 500 private cells, ...

Oct 5, 2016

Finance Ministry wants Japan's elderly to foot more medical costs

The Finance Ministry proposed Tuesday that elderly people bear more medical expenses depending on their incomes to ensure fair sharing of the country’s ballooning medical costs. In its proposals presented at a meeting of the Fiscal System Council, an advisory panel to the finance ...