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Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Japan (From Crime, Punishment, and Politics in Comparative Perspective, P 371-423, 2007, Michael Tonry, ed. - See NCJ-241880)

NCJ Number
241887
Author(s)
David T. Johnson
Date Published
2007
Length
53 pages
Annotation
This essay discusses crime and criminal justice in Japan.
Abstract
Although many people believe that Japanese crime rates have increased rapidly, they have not. Japan's homicide rates are the lowest in the world and are lower than at any time since World War II. An apparent increase in robbery rates results primarily from changes in police reporting practices. Except for bicycle theft, theft rates are the lowest in the industrialized world and lower than 15 years ago. Nonetheless, Japan's penal policy has become more severe and less focused on rehabilitation. The contexts and causes of this get-tough shift include a greater sense of public insecurity, economic and social disruption, increased anxieties about foreigners, politicians' emphasis on law and order, and a series of police scandals and notorious crimes. (Published Abstract)