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Crime in Japan

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Crime in Japan

Crime in Japan is lower than in all other industrialized countries.


  • History 1
  • Yakuza 2
  • Statistics 3
  • Legal deterrents 4
  • Crimes 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8



The Japanese virtues in a postwar society, sometimes forming ties with right-wing groups espousing the same views and attracting dissatisfied youths to their ranks.

Yakuza groups in 1990 were estimated to number more than 3,300 and together contained more than 88,000 members. Although concentrated in the largest urban prefectures, yakuza operate in most cities and often receive protection from highranking officials. After concerted police pressure in the 1960s, smaller gangs either disappeared or began to consolidate in Yamaguchi-gumi, Sumiyoshi-kai, Inagawa-kai) dominated organized crime in the nation and controlled more than 1,600 gangs and 42,000 gangsters. Their number have since swelled and shrunk, often coinciding with economic conditions.

The yakuza tradition also spread to the

  • National Police Agency of Japan
  • Japan Black Markets

External links

  1. ^ "Outline of Boryokudan in Okinawa Prefecture", October 2007, Okinawa Prefectural Police (Japanese)
  2. ^ "Comparative Criminology | Asia - Japan | San-Diego University"
  3. ^ a b The Japanese Industrial System (De Gruyter Studies in Organization, 3rd Edition), Page 46
  4. ^ 刑法犯、10年で半減…昨年の認知は138万件.  
  5. ^ "Crime rate in Japan falls for the 11th straight year".  
  6. ^ Blaney, Colin (2014). Undesirables. John Blake. pp. 76–78.  
  7. ^ "Car Theft Rings Are Hot Stuff in Japan",  


See also

[7] Pakistani, Russian, Sri Lankan and Burmese car theft gangs have also been known to target the nation.[6] Of particular concern to the police are crimes associated with


Ownership of handguns is forbidden to the public, hunting rifles and ceremonial swords are registered with the police, and the manufacture and sale of firearms are regulated. The production and sale of live and blank ammunition are also controlled, as are the transportation and importation of all weapons. Crimes are seldom committed with firearms, yet knives remain a problem that the government is looking into, especially after the Akihabara massacre.

Legal deterrents

In recent years, the number of crimes in Japan has decreased. In 2002, the number of crimes recorded was 2,853,739. This number halved by 2012 with 1,382,154 crimes being recorded. In 2013, the overall crime rate in Japan fell for the 11th straight year and the number of murders and attempted murders also fell to a postwar low.[4][5]

In 1990 the police identified over 2.2 million Penal Code violations. Two types of violations — larceny (65.1 percent of total violation) and negligent homicide or injury as a result of accidents (26.2%) — accounted for over 90 percent of criminal offenses.[2] In 1989 Japan experienced 1.3 robberies and 1.1 murders per 100,000 population.[3] Japanese authorities also solve 75.9% of robbery cases and 95.9% of homicide cases.[3]



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