Nobody at home: A great increase in out-of-home rates over 28 years in Kumamoto, Japan

Researchers developed a new method of analyzing travel survey data to show that the rates of households in the Kumamoto, Japan metropolitan area with everyone out-of-home has increased from 41.3% in 1984 to 51.5% in 2012. This increase partly explains the recent rise in failed parcel redeliveries. The researchers believe their work can be used to reduce redeliveries, develop efficient at-home interview survey methods, and for crime prevention such as burglary countermeasures.