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No. of recorded crimes to hit lowest postwar level for 5th straight year

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An NPA official also pointed to the country's aging demographics and widespread use of crime prevention resources as factors contributing to the decline.

Key word, reported, as the people get older, they will report less, particularly theft, as they will be embarrassed in most cases to admit they got ripped off.

Yeah crimes may be dropping, but I do not trust these statistics.

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It is not very useful unless you show the number of incidents per capita in a country like Japan, where we see rapid population decrease.

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Akita is the best. Wonderful.

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On the 2019 Mid-Year International Crime Index scale Japan shows as the 3rd lowest

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Crime Index by Country 2019 Mid-Year - Numbers

https://www.numbeo.com/crime/rankingsbycountry.jsp

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Many parents I talk to say they often drive their kids to their kid's friends houses. When I ask why they don't just make them walk, they state that things have become too dangerous to leave kids out alone in public. Many seem to think there kids have a high chance of being kidnapped.

Also when I ask them was it the same for them when they were kids, they often say things were much safer when they were kids so they were allowed to play and walk to places on their own.

I often show them the statics like those mentioned in this article and it dawns on them that perhaps the perception of things being dangerous is far greater these days so they act accordingly.

Actually, crime has dropped significantly here in Japan. Especially, back in the 40s and 50s the crime rate was much, much higher when the population was very young and much poorer after the war.

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Reported crimes are not the total of all crimes.

When the crime rate goes up the blame is on foreigners but the rate has gone down while the numbers of foreigners living here went up. Next year are the Olymics so the Tokyo crime rate will go up.

There are a very large number of old person in prisons because they are not able to care for themselves on the outside. Prisoners in wheelchairs and with walking frames. It costs more to care for these prisoners than younger ones. Need to consider building prison hostels and placing the old prisoners in them.

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Note: These are recorded crimes that have gone through to convictions. These statistics are not the ‘actual’ number of crimes due to so many crimes being resolved out of court with a bag of cash.

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"It is not very useful unless you show the number of incidents per capita in a country like Japan, "

Ok. on per capita basis. It works out to 0.00285826771. In other words you have a 0.00285826771 chance of being a victim of crime in Japan.

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Agree with Yubaru and Do the hustle. Recorded crimes is not the same as crimes occurred. Several years back, my wife had a groper incident on the train, and with the help of a Good Samaritan, she was able to apprehend the creep. When they got to the police station, the officer asked if she really wanted to report the incident, as it would take a long time to fill out paperwork and do the interrogation. Mind you, this was near midnight. My wife pressed forward and had the full report done. Now, how many incidents like this go unreported due to how the officer is approaching it? This is just one isolated incident, but I'm sure there are many more like it.

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Meanwhile child abuse and elderly drivers killing people are soaring

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The crime stats are per 100,000 people. 286 crimes per 100,000. The crime rate in England/Wales are 837 per 100,000.

The number of rape cases have increased since a change of the rape definition.

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It's the number of unrecorded crimes that worries me.

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Crimes committed by senior citizens have quadrupled over the past two decades. Today, almost one in five convicts is over 60.

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“It works out to 0.00285826771. In other words you have a 0.00285826771 chance of being a victim of crime in Japan.”

Umm...........no! At the very least you’ve got around a 1% chance (say approximately one million recorded crimes divided by the population). That’s thousands of times greater than your figure. As others have pointed out too, the official figures are not a true reflection of actual crimes committed, which means that the chances of becoming a crime victim are greater still. We should view recorded crimes as the the final massaged and palatable figure, considerably lower than the total number of crimes originally reported.

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“When the crime rate goes up the blame is on foreigners but the rate has gone down while the numbers of foreigners living here went up. Next year are the Olymics so the Tokyo crime rate will go up.”

I think what you’re trying to say is that perception’s everything. Or, never let the stats stand in the way of a polemic.

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Something Japan can be proud of. Last thing on my mind every day is crime here, which is a good thing. Now Police, please focus your energy on red light runners!

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The Japanese crime rate is low when compared with other more violent countries. There's a greater chance of being hurt from a natural disaster, like an earthquake than being involved in a crime.

Compare the murder rate in 2011 to the numbers killed in Tohoku.

There are countries with the lowest crime rate. But when it comes to safety Japan is only about 44th just because of the chances of natural disasters.

Finland is judged to be the country with the lowest crime while Japan is about 10th.

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Any stats that originate with the NPA should be viewed very skeptically.

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Fraud stat

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Unreported crimes are not accounted

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Any stats that originate with the NPA should be viewed very skeptically.

yep the 99% conviction rate says it all. only count the convictions of the people that were actually convicted, cases thrown out becuase prosecutors didnt think they could get a convictions arent counted.

meddling in statistics is rampant in Japan

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Unreported crimes are not accounted

Since we don't know that if they are not reported, we can only make guesses

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Yeah, on a news cycle with the 6th worst fire-related deaths in history, and daily cases of mothers and fathers murdering their kids, or kids murdering their parents.

But hey, less wallets stolen has been reported! Let’s put some lipstick on that pig!

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Marvellous news, 5 straight years crime is falling. But I am really puzzled by how JT "experts" can twist this amazing news into something sinister. Lets all be honest - Japan is really safe and is getting even safer!

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zichi: “The Japanese crime rate is low when compared with other more violent countries. There's a greater chance of being hurt from a natural disaster, like an earthquake than being involved in a crime.”

wrong. The word “toorima “ does not exist in other languages, nor does “ore ore sagi”. I do believe petty crime is lower here, but murder among family seems to be higher than anywhere else in developed countries. So, maybe you’re right... if you’re not family, or not the victim of Kyoto Anime mental patients.

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What about rape, if the police ignore the victim and it doesn't go to trial, is this still a number in the statistics

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An NPA official also pointed to the country's aging demographics and widespread use of crime prevention resources as factors contributing to the decline.

What are the crime prevention resources used. Would really like to know.

Self gratification at best.

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You would think that with this statistic and with other such information, that the government would fire or at least not recruit any more police, but OH NO! A police state is a police state, and so more cops will be hired in the next few years to watch us!

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Next, to make sure to keep that fear pointed in the right place, they will show how foreign crime is increasing.

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Any stats that originate with the NPA should be viewed very skeptically.

yep the 99% conviction rate says it all. only count the convictions of the people that were actually convicted, cases thrown out becuase prosecutors didnt think they could get a convictions arent counted.

meddling in statistics is rampant in Japan

Very true. And when foreign crime is reported by the NPA, the statistics include visa overstays:. a crime that is absolutely not possible for Japanese citizens to commit and the ergo not applicable when comparing crime statistics.

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Then what have I been reading in the crime section of this site? They were "reported", therefore it made news.

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Is "multiple murder" a separate category? It seems to be increasing year-on-year.

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Look, JT commentators, you guys can't keep doing this. If the report was of a high crime rate, you guys would accept it without question. Anytime Japan gets a low crime rate, a good score in PISA, or anything, there will be people coming out with their "Buts".

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