• Kyodo


The number of people aged 70 or older processed for criminal offenses hit a record 32,262 last year, a 10.6-fold increase since officials began compiling such data in 1979, the government said Friday.

The figure in the 2012 white paper on crime covers suspects arrested or subject to other law-enforcement measures for murder, arson, fraud, blackmail and theft. It does not include negligent driving leading to death or injury.

The report says the number of people 65 and older brought up on charges of assault increased 49.5-fold from 1992, while those charged with inflicting bodily injury rose 8.7-fold.

“An increasing trend in violent crimes is notable,” the report says.

Job worries after prison

More than 30 percent of people serving time in prison or a juvenile reformatory are concerned about securing work or a place to live after they are released, a Justice Ministry survey showed Friday.

The ministry’s Research and Training Institute, which conducted the survey — the first of its kind — said it is “important to provide support from society as a whole,” given the essential need for stable jobs and places to live to reduce recidivism.

The survey, included in the 2012 white paper on crime, was conducted last March on roughly 2,000 people soon to be released.

Among the respondents, 567, or 38 percent, said they would “have problems” getting work, while 482, or 32 percent, expressed worry about finding a place to live. A total of 355 were concerned about both.

More than 80 percent said they would need money, a loan or other financial assistance.

Among those in juvenile correctional facilities, 96 people, or 38 percent, said they expected to “have problems” related to finding work and need support in “acquiring qualifications.”

The white paper said 44 percent of those who were subject to arrests and other law enforcement measures for alleged criminal offenses in 2011 were repeat offenders, meaning recidivism has been rising since 1997.

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