Home > Hot topics
Japan Police Launch National Hotline for Sex Crime Victims (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)—Police across Japan started on Thursday fielding phone calls made to an emergency speed-dial number by sex crime victims seeking advice. The helpline, which can be reached from anywhere in Japan at #8103, was opened to encourage more victims of sexual offenses to call police, the National Police Agency said. Before the dedicated line was set up, victims had to cont…


Kōban or police boxes can be found all around Japan, from busy street corners to far-flung rural train stations. These small outposts serve as local policing centers, boosting the sense of public safety and providing basic community services, such as helping pedestrians find their destinations.

How Safe is Japan?

In 2013, the number of foreign visitors to Japan topped 10 million for the first time. The government has set a target of 20 million visitors for 2020, when the Summer Olympics come to Tokyo. With safety a primary concern for international travelers, how safe is Japan compared with other countries?

Kōno Yoshiyuki: The Victim Painted as Prime SuspectRichard Medhurst

When a 1994 chemical attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, left seven dead and four seriously injured overnight, local police immediately zeroed in on their number one suspect. Kōno Yoshiyuki was the first to make an emergency call, when his wife collapsed on the evening of June 27 and his two dogs went into convulsions in the garden outside. He was also among the hundreds treated in the days af…

Video highlights

New series

  • From our columnists
  • In the news