Crimes in Japan Log Postwar Low for 4th Straight Year

Society Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)--The number of criminal offenses recognized by police in Japan in 2018 fell by 97,597, or 10.7 pct, year on year to 817,445, hitting a postwar low for the fourth straight year, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

The annual figure declined for 16 years in a row, according to a preliminary report from the agency.

The report also showed that recognized special fraud cases decreased by 1,719, or 9.4 pct, to 16,493. Still, the number was the second highest in the last 10 years.

Meanwhile, police took action on a record 9,046 cases of cybercrime, up by 32, or 0.4 pct. The number of consultations on domestic violence grew by 5,027, or 6.9 pct, to 77,482, also an all-time high.

An NPA official called for continued caution although criminal offences are decreasing steadily.

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