The secret to Japan’s low crime statistics and strong national bond can be explained in only two words: no migrants.
Japan is not open or accepting to immigrants and the country has a very low immigrant population. Japan has started to loosen up on its migration policies, which naturally will cause an increase in crime and other social and security problems to the country.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Justice, the number of foreign residents (excluding illegal immigrants and short-term foreign visitors staying less than 90 days in Japan) was more than 2.23 million at the end of 2015. With an estimated population of 127.11 million in 2015 the resident foreign population in Japan amounts to approximately 1.75% of the total population.
And although Japan’s immigration statistics are very small, they already feel the brunt of crimes originating with those who have made their way into the country. And as usual, Muslims dominate the crime statistics amongst migrants.
(Note: When we refer to crime per statistics, we naturally compare with countries where actual crimes are properly recorded which is not the case in third world countries where crimes are merely low because there is poor handling and recording of crimes).
Crime in Japan
Crime in Japan is among the lowest compared to other industrialized countries.
In 1990 the police identified over 2.2 million Penal Code violations. Two types of violations — larceny (65.1 percent of total violation) and negligent homicide or injury as a result of accidents (26.2%) — accounted for over 90 percent of criminal offenses. In 1989 Japan experienced 1.3 robberies and 1.1 murders per 100,000 population. Japanese authorities also solve 75.9% of robbery cases and 95.9% of homicide cases.
In recent years, the number of crimes in Japan has decreased. In 2002, the number of crimes recorded was 2,853,739. This number halved by 2012 with 1,382,154 crimes being recorded. In 2013, the overall crime rate in Japan fell for the 11th straight year and the number of murders and attempted murders also fell to a postwar low.
Ownership of handguns is forbidden to the public, hunting rifles and ceremonial swords are registered with the police, and the manufacture and sale of firearms are regulated. The production and sale of live and blank ammunition are also controlled, as are the transportation and importation of all weapons. Crimes are seldom committed with firearms, yet knives remain a problem that the government is looking into, especially after the Akihabara massacre.
Of particular concern to the police are crimes associated with modernization. Increased wealth and technological sophistication has brought new white collar crimes, such as computer and credit card fraud, larceny involving coin dispensers, and insurance fraud. Incidence of drug abuse is minuscule, compared with other industrialized nations and limited mainly to stimulants. Japanese law enforcement authorities endeavor to control this problem by extensive coordination with international investigative organizations and stringent punishment of Japanese and foreign offenders. Traffic accidents and fatalities consume substantial law enforcement resources. There is also evidence of foreign criminals travelling from overseas to take advantage of Japan’s lax security. In his autobiography Undesirables, British criminal Colin Blaney stated that English thieves have targeted the nation due to the low crime rate and because Japanese people are unprepared for crime. Pakistani, Russian, Sri Lankan and Burmese car theft gangs have also been known to target the nation.