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Crime in Japan declines during coronavirus pandemic

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Japan is on course to set a record for the fewest criminal cases in a postwar year, a tally of the first six months of 2020 released Thursday showed, as the coronavirus pandemic has apparently reduced the amount of street crime in the country.

Between January and June, police investigated a total of 307,644 cases nationwide, down 15.4 percent from the same period last year, according to the National Police Agency.

The pace of decline was faster than in 2019, when the annual figure came to 748,559 to hit a postwar low for the fifth consecutive year.

Stay-at-home requests from the authorities apparently accelerated the overall decrease, with the number of street crimes, including bicycle theft, down 22.4 percent to 99,573 during the first half of the year.

"In addition to improvement in crime-prevention equipment, the spread of the new coronavirus has caused people to refrain from going out of their homes," an NPA official said. "This is thought to have led to a significant decrease in the number of crimes committed on the streets, such as snatch-and-grab."

The decline in street crime was especially conspicuous during the period when Japan was placed under a state of emergency between April, when such cases dropped 31.8 percent, and May, when they plunged 43.2 percent from year-before levels, according to the NPA.

By category, theft cases declined 17.8 percent to 211,409, crimes of a sexual nature fell 15.5 percent to 3,336 and white-collar crimes, including fraud, decreased 9.6 percent to 16,354.

The number of heinous crimes such as murder and robbery cases dropped 5.7 percent to 2,219, while assault cases fell 9.2 percent to 25,371.

The numbers of cases include offenses that were attempted, even if they were not successful.

Communication fraud, which includes online or telephone scams and is treated separately from conventional fraud cases, dropped 14.4 percent to 6,861 with the total amount of money defrauded tallying 12.86 billion yen ($122 million).

Despite the downward trend, fraud cases in which an offender steals ATM cash cards while posing as a police officer surged 22.4 percent to 1,705.

Police took law-enforcement actions in 136,531 cases against 88,523 offenders, down 3.3 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively, with the number of juvenile offenders decreasing 3.4 percent to 9,024.

The percentage of cases that ended in an arrest increased 5.6 points to 44.4 percent.

In Japan, the full-year crime cases hit a peak in 2002 when police recorded 2,853,739 cases.

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....... but murder among family members have increased.

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....... but murder among family members have increased.

People make claims like this on JT all the time.

No one has ever actually supported the claim mind you.

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At least one good thing that Corona did

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@Strangerland

People make claims like this on JT all the time.

No one has ever actually supported the claim mind you.

Well if domestic violence is increasing it wouldn't be a farfetched notion that domestic murders are also increasing in Japan because they can be the same thin sometime!

Japan’s Domestic Violence Cases Reach All-Time High

https://thediplomat.com/2019/04/japans-domestic-violence-cases-reach-all-time-high/

Domestic violence cases in Japan reach new all-time high in 2019

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/03/e788d95b8fc7-domestic-violence-cases-in-japan-reach-new-all-time-high-in-2019.html

Despite Japan’s low crime rates, it’s seen a number of mass stabbings in the past decade

https://theconversation.com/despite-japans-low-crime-rates-its-seen-a-number-of-mass-stabbings-in-the-past-decade-117910

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it is very understandable no one wants to get infected and die and even wrongdoers don't want it.

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My English teaching buddies, have compiled a list of crimes they have experienced this year alone, i.e property damage , girlfriends underwear stolen, discrimination, etc But I know censorship will not allow it, nor posting a link to that discussion website.

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@pudus, yeah I have had my bike knocked over plenty of times at bike parking places, one time the mirror was broken, and another the rear wheel rim was cracked. I caught one old guy messing with my bike, but he ran.

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gee willikers, and lets not forget the ones who aren't caught, or will after a long stretch, like that elderly sneaky

"graphic designer" on suspicion of property destruction, spray-painting graffiti for over 30 years.

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The criminal sneaky ones, are a huge menace.

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yeah I have had my bike knocked over plenty of times at bike parking places, one time the mirror was broken, and another the rear wheel rim was cracked. I caught one old guy messing with my bike, but he ran.

and

My English teaching buddies, have compiled a list of crimes they have experienced this year alone, i.e property damage , girlfriends underwear stolen, discrimination,

Wow, crime wave!

and in the USA:

Tired of burying our children': 4 toddlers shot in Chicago amid surge in gun violence

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...so odds are still better than 50-50 that if you commit a crime you'll get away with it?

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Of course what this really means is "reported" crime.

But, you know, some "crimes" are not really, and some of them being reduced is not, I think, a good thing at all. Its kind of like saying "oppression" and "repression" are up, and basically, they are.

I would rejoice if pot smoking, home brewing, and (small time) tax evasion were up but the cops were failing to catch anybody for them.

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My English teaching buddies, have compiled a list of crimes they have experienced this year alone, i.e property damage , girlfriends underwear stolen, discrimination,

Lot of crime in Japan left not being reported, those crime that being reported sometimes not being follow up properly.

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SilvafanJuly 31  08:37 am JST

@Strangerland ..........

Thank you Silvanfan. Been off line for a couple days. Boy, talk about happiness. Appreciate the research you did. Thought my comment was common knowledge to JT readers.

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