Japan, home to the world’s oldest population, has been dealing with a challenge it didn’t foresee: senior crime. Loneliness drives many of these women’s desire to find stability and a community, which prison can provide them. This exhibition explores their stories and the choices they’ve made.
Featuring: Shiho Fukada
Japan, home to the world’s oldest population, has been dealing with a challenge it didn’t foresee: senior crime. Complaints and arrests involving elderly people, and women in particular, are taking place at rates above those of any other demographic group. Almost one in five women in Japanese prisons is a senior. Most are in prison for shoplifting; some because they had no other option for survival, and some took the opportunity in order to go to prison—for a room, warm meals, and company. Loneliness drives many of these women to find stability and a community, which prison can provide them. This exhibition explores these women’s stories and the choices they’ve had to make.
Shiho Fukada is a filmmaker and photojournalist, producing and shooting underreported stories in video and photography.
She worked in advertising and fashion industry in New York before pursuing her career as a photographer. After living in the U.S. over the last decade, she brought her attention back to her home country of Japan.
Her multimedia work “Japan’s Disposable Workers”, depicting the plight of Japanese workers during the periods of economic stagnation, received a World Press Photo Multimedia award and was nominated for an Emmy. Other recognitions include The Visa d’Or – Daily Press award at Visa pour l’Image Perpignan, PDN Storytellers’ Grand Prize, The Society of Publishers in Asia Awards, Best of Photojournalism, and Days Japan International Photojournalism Award. She is also a recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant, the Alicia Patterson Fellowship, and The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, International Women’s Media Foundation.
She has a BA in English Literature from Sophia University in Tokyo and a diploma in Multimedia Journalism from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.
The Pulitzer Center promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its support of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education. Founded in 2006, the Pulitzer Center informs and engages American audiences on the most critical issues of our time—advancing scientific, cultural, religious, environmental, political and social understanding across borders and within impacted communities. The reporting reaches wide and diverse audiences in collaboration with news media partners like The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, VICE, The Atlantic, TIME, PBS NewsHour, NPR, and many other outlets. It then extends and deepens engagement with this reporting through classroom programs, public events, exhibits, multimedia presentations, documentaries and books. Shiho Fukada’s photographs featured in this exhibit are part of an ongoing series of reporting projects on incarceration that the Center is supporting thanks to a grant from the Art for Justice Fund.