Numbers, numbers, numbers. Apparently that's what it all boils down to. Keep being told that the journalists of tomorrow (if there are any left by then) are going to be adept at data analysis - statistics. You know, drawing bubbles and venn diagrams - shit like this.
Well, there were loads of those hitting the Greater Abiko Co-Prosperity Sphere this week.
According to everyone, Japan's old fogies are OUT OF CONTROL, robbing stores, shoplifting Yama Girl backpacks and LED tooth lights. It won't be long before they'll be rioting in the streets and shutting down the internet.
Hold on fellow journalism lovers, here's the data:
27,362 oldsters were busted for shoplifting last year!
26.1 percent of all shoplifters!
But since 22.7 percent of Japan was over 65 in 2009 (and there will be more of them by now - like rabbits they are), and presumably not every honoured senior citizen arrested (even in Japan) was guilty as charged, it kind of looks like the rise of the Aged Pilferer is just, er, in line with the general greying of Japan. Which makes for a far dowdier headline:
Number of old Japanese folk nicking things largely as you would imagine
(0.079166% of Japan's elderly)