15 Oct '11, 9pm

Red granny panties and 'grey crime' jails

TAKAHAMA (Fukui prefecture) - Talk about active ageing. In the coastal town of Takahama, Mr Sekitarou Sabui (picture) goes fishing every morning, handling his 7m-long boat on his own and selling his catch at the market. In the afternoon, the 86-year-old, who lives alone, works in his vegetable fields. A pattern of post-retirement vigour recurs in this small town in Fukui prefecture, a region known for the longevity of its population, even in famously long-lived Japan. Mr and Mrs Youichi Ueno, both 73, were clearing the nets from their own fishing boat moored next to Mr Sabui's when I bumped into them. They had woken up at 3.30am for their twice-weekly fishing expedition. Another Takahama resident, 70-year-old Ayako Doushita, opened an udon restaurant after retiring from working for a school cafeteria 10 years ago. "I've had a dream since I was young: I wanted to do somethi...

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