Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Japanese elderly turn to shoplifting so they will be locked up and cared for | Daily Mail Online

​Remember my comments on this topic earlier? If the trend continues, Japanese prison administration will visit India, learn how to make prison stay uncomfortable and unwelcome, start special geriatric prisons in their country? 
​​Japan suffers geriatric crime wave: Elderly turn to shoplifting so they will be locked up and cared for 

Thirty five per cent of shoplifting offenders in Japan are over 60 years old

Many seniors have a very small income so are getting sent to jail deliberately

A new study calls for more investment in caring for the country's elderly   

PUBLISHED: 16:08 GMT, 28 March 2016 | UPDATED: 18:05 GMT, 28 March 2016
The number of elderly Japanese people turning to crime so that they can live for free in prison is soaring, according to a new study.

Around 35 per cent of shoplifting offences in Japan are carried out by people over the age of 60, crime figures show. This has risen from 20.4 per cent in 2005. 

And these offences are often not isolated occurrences, as around 40 per cent of over-sixties who do re-offend have done so more than six times. 

While there are special work programmes (pictured) for elderly Japanese people, many do not work and have little money to live off, so are turning to crime in the hope of being jailed 

According to the Financial Times, a major factor driving the geriatric crime wave is old-age poverty.

And while there are special work programmes for elderly Japanese people, many do not work and have little money to live off.  

A typical Japanese senior with low savings is living off £4,800 each year, according to a study on the economics of elderly crime by Michael Newman of Tokyo-based research house Custom Products Research.

'Hugging one's grandchildren is surely a better option than talking to them through a glass window. If you are in prison you are supposed to be old when you leave not when you enter it. Not so in Japan,' the study says. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spare Senior Citizens from low interest rate - Supporters list - see change.org

Here is a campaign / petition to FM requesting him to spare senior citizens from low rates of interest on Fixed deposits. Many many supporters have voted. Ask your friends also to go to the link and vote.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Campaign against lowering interest on small savings

Campaign against lowering interest on small savings

The reduction in interest rates  seems to be inevitable. It will be a major blow to senior citizens. The Government seems to be indifferent to the plight of the 10 crore senior citizens in the Country. They do not realize that most of the senior citizens survive on the return they get on their small savings deposited  in Banks. With galloping cost of living and dwindling income on their deposits survival for most has already become a challenge, further reduction in interest rate will only add to their misery.

The issue has not yet been finally decided, I suggest that we flood the MOF(smn.dash@nic.in) with our mails protesting against this move, copying it to PMO (indiaportal@nic.in) and MOSJE (secywel@nic.in).  When mass protest could recently work in case of EPF & jewellers, there is every possibility that it may have some effect in this case also  

I am giving in the following a suggested draft of the above mail. Pl. transfer it on your letterhead and scan it  to above or otherwise send simple mail mentioning name of your Organization. Pl. mark it as URGENT.


Hon'ble Sri Arun Jaitley,
Union Minister of Finance,
Govt. of India,
134 North Block,
New Delhi – 110001

Subject – Slashing of interest rates on small savings of senior citizens

Respected Sir,

It seems that reduction of interest rates on deposits is inevitable. If that is  so we request you to kindly spare the senior citizens from this move. There are now around 10 crore senior citizens in the Country most of whom survive on the interest income from their small savings in Banks. These days their mere survival has become a challenge with dwindling interest income and galloping inflation.  Further reduction in interest rates, as proposed, will only add to their misery. It is a rude shock.

We therefore, humbly request you to kindly spare the deposits belonging to senior citizens from any further reduction in the interest rate. For the last many years we have been demanding 2% higher interest on our deposits which was never granted. We now only request you, at least not to add to our problems of old age by axing our existing inadequate income by further reducing interest rate on our savings.

We hope you will consider our request sympathetically specially because we are a segment of society which is highly vulnerable to such economic pressures.

With best regards,
Yours respectfully,