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Murder rate rises in Japan but total crimes fall

Murder rate rises in Japan but total crimes fall

The number of murder cases jumped more than 8 percent in Japan last year, despite an overall drop in the crime rate in the country, which has long boasted of low crime, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
The agency said that 1.8 million crimes took place last year _ down 4.7 percent from a year earlier _ with burglaries making up the largest proportion, accounting for 76 percent of total crimes. It marked the sixth year in which crime has fallen in Japan.
The number of serious violent offenses, which includes murder, rape and arson, declined 5.1 percent to 8,588. But murder cases alone rose 8.4 percent to 1,300 from last year _ though they still accounted for less than 1 percent of all crime.
Gun deaths are rare in Japan due to the nation's strict gun control. The agency did not have annual data, but shooting deaths accounted for only 1.2 percent of the total killings in the six months to September 2008. Most cases of gun violence are gang-related.


Updated : 2021-05-06 06:46 GMT+08:00