Japan is now where the US is heading in terms of a significant
shortage of long-term care workers. A recent highly publicized elder
crime spree in Japan provides a shocking example of what can happen
when governments don’t pay enough attention to social infrastructure.
Several news agencies, looking at Japanese government statistics
released last month, have reported that while the 65-and-older
population in Japan has doubled in the past two decades, crime among
the elderly has increased fivefold in a country long considered to be