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Q: Crime rates for different countries ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Crime rates for different countries
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: answerbear-ga
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Posted: 23 Apr 2002 16:14 PDT
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Question ID: 3231
What is the crime rate in Japan compared to the USA? I want to
know statistics for assault, rape, murder, robbery.
Subject: Re: Crime rates for different countries
Answered By: researcher-ga on 23 Apr 2002 17:25 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Statistics for criminal activity in 2000 can be found for the United States at 
U.S. Department of Justice website as well as the Sourcebook of Criminal 
Justice. As for Japan, it is compiled by the National Police Agency and 
released via the Statistics Bureau.

For United States:

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics 2000, page 188
Estimated rate (per 1,000 persons age 12 and other) of personal victimization

All crimes of violence 56.1
Rape/Sexual Assault 2.2
Robbery 6.5
Assault 47.3

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics 2000, page 291
Number and rate (per 100,000 population) of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter

For Japan:

Japan Statistical Yearbook 1999, Chapter 23: Justice and Police
Rape 1,857
Robbery 4,237
Violence 7,792
Murder 1,265

"The crime rate, although rising gradually, is also relatively low. The per 
capita murder rate in the United States is about six times that of Japan's." 
"Moderate Japan Recovery Expected" by YURI KAGEYAMA

For a more comparative study, here are results as compiled by the Taiwan 
government which covers several countries. (data was taken from various 
statistical sources for 1998)

Murders per 100,000.
1. Russia Federation 18.07
2. United States 6.32
3. Malaysia 2.73
Taiwan  1.17
Spain 1.08
Japan 0.58 

Rape per 100,000.
1. United States 34.20 
2. England and Wales 14.69 
3. France 13.38 
Taiwan 8.82 
South Korea 4.38 
Spain 3.23 
Japan 1.48

Serious Assault per 100,000.
1. Australia 713.68 
2. England & Wales 405.20 
3. United States 357.94 
Taiwan 37.30 
Spain 23.94 
Japan 15.40

Robbery/Violent Theft per 100,000.
1. Spain 169.85 
2. United States 169.02 
3. France 144.10 
Taiwan 14.35 
South Korea 11.74 
Japan 2.71

From The Analysis and Comparison on Statistics of Criminal Cases in Various 

Additional information:

U.S. Department of Justice: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Sourcebook of Crimnal Justice

Statistical Handbook of Japan 2001: Crime

Japan Statistical Yearbook, Chapter 23: Justice and Police

Interesting Article (Opinion) on Japan's Low Crime Rate

Search terms used:

japan crime rate

japan "crime rate" 2000 statistic

Request for Answer Clarification by answerbear-ga on 23 Apr 2002 18:12 PDT
For the Japanese statistics, were those the totals for the entire country? Or a 
per 100,000 persons? If they were totals for the country, then what is
the population from which those statistics were drawn(i.e., how to compare
those numbers with the rate per 1,000 persons given for the US?)

Clarification of Answer by researcher-ga on 23 Apr 2002 20:13 PDT
I hope this helps to clarify, please continue to use this feature if more 
clarification is required.

The Japanese statistics reflect the total number for all of Japan as reported 
through the National Police Agency and others like it. For full details of the 
source of those numbers, please read their explanation at:

According to the 1999 Census of Japan, the population in 1999 was 126,686,000.

For additional years of data, please view the Census of Japan's data for 
Criminal Offenses at:
answerbear-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Crime rates for different countries
From: johnfrench-ga on 23 Apr 2002 18:29 PDT
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Why do I say recognition, and not money? The labor involved in answering many 
of the questions is far in excess of the typical pay for the caliber of work 
presented. And this specific Q&A is a good example. The questioner is getting 
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Subject: Re: Crime rates for different countries
From: astra4-ga on 17 Jun 2002 06:20 PDT
Hi Johnfrench,
interesting remark, indeed the incentive for someone to provide
quality answers isn't the cash but rather the credit in terms of
ratings and statistics.

Quite often good answers come not only from the researcher but also
from commenters, but as far as I can see there's currently no
possibility for the thread starter to rate a comment, unfortunately.
Why should the ability to get rated be a privilege of the researcher?

The situation when homeostasis is reached? My guess is what you seem
to expect as well: the value of answers provided by researchers will
dwindle and converge to the offered price. Many valuable answers will
come from commenters and as long as the user is satisfied by that
answer (from either the researcher or a commenter) he will be happy
and not request a refund. So, the job the researcher gets paied for
isn't to do lots of research for little money, but rather to "start
the discussion" about the topic and to be formally in charge of the
thread. Again, I think the user should be able to rate comments as

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