Tokyo, Jan. 19 (Jiji Press)—The number of criminal offenses reported to police in Japan totaled 996,204 in 2016, slipping below one million for the first time since the end of World War II, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
The figure was down 102,765, or 9.4%, from the previous year, the agency said in a preliminary report.
The decrease stemmed from a tighter crackdown on street crimes, increased crime prevention activities by volunteers and the spread of security cameras, NPA officials said.
The annual total of criminal offenses fell for the fourteenth consecutive year after hitting a peak of some 2.85 million in 2002.
All of Japan’s 47 prefectures scored declines in the number of criminal offenses. Yamanashi led the pack with a decline of 20.9%, followed by Miyazaki, at 19.4%, Ishikawa, at 18.2%, and Oita at 16.3%.
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