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"The number of crimes reported in Japan in 2015 hit a postwar low, the National Police Agency said Thursday, attributing the trend to an increase in security cameras as well as raised public awareness of crime prevention.
Overall penal code violations decreased 9.3 percent from the previous year to 1,099,048, falling below the previous record of 1,190,549 set in 1973, the agency said in a preliminary report. All crime categories marked declines from 2014.
The number of thefts, which account for more than 70 percent of crimes in Japan, dropped to 807,605 from 897,259, while murders fell to 933 from 1,054.
Fraud cases dropped to 39,439 from 41,523, but cases of furikome sagi (bank transfer scams) or phone scams rose 1,474 to 12,729."
The only area that witnessed a spike was crimes committed by senior citizens.
Source: Japan Times, January 14
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