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Why Japan’s Crime Rate Is So Low


In July 2016, a knife attack in Japan killing
19 people sent shockwaves across the country. This was the largest mass killing ever seen
in Japan’s modern history. In fact, over the last 60 years, Japan’s
violent crime rate has steadily declined, and today, the country has one of the lowest
homicide rates in the world. So why is Japan so safe? Well, many attribute the low rate of crime
to the low rate of gun ownership. According to separate reports by the University
of Chicago and the United Nations,, just one in 175 households in Japan own firearms, compared
to the United States, where it is one in three.

This is largely because Japan makes purchasing
a gun extremely difficult. Most firearms are illegal, as the country’s
1958 weapons control law states that "No person shall possess firearms or swords" and even
exceptions to this law are heavily regulated. According to the Atlantic, buying a gun in
Japan requires a rigorous background check, screenings for mental fitness and sobriety,
as well as an all-day class ending in a written exam. What’s more, gun owners must provide law
enforcement with the exact location of their weapon and ammunition, both of which much
be locked and stored separately. Gun owners are even required to retake the
class every three years, and hand over their weapon to police for annual exams. Others credit Japan’s highly efficient criminal
justice system.

Police extract confessions from 95 percent
of those arrested, and according to their own data, solve 98 percent of homicide cases. What’s more, more than 99 percent of all
suspects brought to court are convicted, as juries do not exist, courthouses are understaffed
and Judges are reportedly promoted according to the speed by which they process cases. This pressure to convict provides the illusion
that every crime is investigated and solved, but many allege that the system does not paint
an accurate picture of violent crime rates in Japan.

This is all against the backdrop of Japan’s
uniquely non-violent culture, which strongly emphasizes honor and politeness, and considers
anger and aggression shameful, even childish. Some experts link this to the aftermath of
World War Two, when Japan constitutionally and philosophically rejected violence after
being victim to two nuclear attacks. Soon after, the crime rate began to steadily
drop and today, Japanese men commit roughly a tenth of the homicides than they did in
the mid 20th century. There are a slew of other reasons why the
Japanese are, for the most part, abiding by the law. Some experts point to the country’s low
rates of poverty, unemployment and drug use.

But it's likely that not one but a combination
of these factors that make Japan one of the safest countries in the world. But while Japan is safe, it is also home to
one of the largest criminal organizations in the world: the Yakuza. Find out just how powerful the Yakuza really
are by watching this video (sound up) Thanks for watching Seeker Daily, don’t forget
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