Stalking Cases Reach 23,000 in Japan in 2017


Tokyo, March 15 (Jiji Press)—The number of stalking cases recognized by police in Japan in 2017 increased 1.5% from the previous year to 23,079, police data showed Thursday.

The annual total was the highest since the antistalking law was enforced in 2000, according to the National Police Agency.

"The improvement of the police consulting system may have helped uncover more stalking cases," said an official of the agency.

Stalking cases involving former and current spouses and unmarried partners accounted for around 50% of the total. The proportion stood at 13.2% for stalking by acquaintances, 11.0% by workplace colleagues and 7.4% by unacquainted people. Cases in which stalkers could not be identified made up 7.8%.

The police took action against 2,625 stalking cases. Of the total, 926 were antistalking law violation cases, including 53 cases of stalkers appearing before the victims and 94 cases in which perpetrators sent messages successively to the stalking targets through social networking sites.

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