With the world's oldest population, Japan faces unforeseen challenges—like the growing number of elderly women in prison. The crimes these women commit are usually minor: in 9 of 10 cases, the seniors are found guilty of shoplifting. Some of the women are looking for excitement, some just want things they can't afford. But as Shiho Fukada reports for Bloomberg Businessweek, many are desperately lonely. "I enjoy my life in prison more," says Mrs. N, 80. "There are always people around, and I don’t feel lonely here... when I was out, I couldn’t help feeling nostalgic.”
Myanmar has pushed its powerful business executives to pump millions of dollars into Rakhine State, the site of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya. But there are many questions about who will benefit, reports Timothy McLaughlin for The Washington Post.
Dene-Hern Chen and Taylor Weidman
The rapid collapse and ruin of the Aral Sea is considered one of the world's worst ecological disasters. But as Dene-Hern Chen and Taylor Weidman report for National Geographic, part of the sea is now experiencing a revival.