Number of Crimes in Japan Hits Yet Another Postwar Low in 2017 (News)


Tokyo, Jan. 18 (Jiji Press)—The number of criminal offenses recognized by police in Japan in 2017 fell by 81,009, or 8.1%, from the preceding year to 915,111, hitting a postwar low for the third straight year, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Thursday.

The annual tally fell for the fifteenth year in a row after peaking at some 2.85 million in 2002. The 2017 figure was down by more than two-thirds from the record-high level.

An NPA official said that the decline is believed to have reflected crime prevention efforts both by the public and private sectors, improved security measures at homes and for vehicles, and increased installation of security cameras, including event data recorders.

Last year, the number of criminal cases fell in all of the nation's 47 prefectures, with Yamagata marking the sharpest drop of 18.8%, followed by Iwate, 18.7%, and Akita, 17.6%. Eleven prefectures, including the three in the Tōhoku northeastern region, posted declines of more than 10%.

By type, the number of thefts, accounting for over 70% of the total, fell by 67,607, or 9.3%, to 655,541, and that of robberies dropped by 480, or 20.6%, to 1,852.

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