Japan has been justly known as one of the world’s safest countries for a long time, but even there, it’s not standing still. Japanese government figures (PDF) show the total crime rate has more than halved, from a high of about 280,000 crimes nationwide in 2002, to less than 140,000 in the whole of 2012. As in many countries, people perceive the crime rate to be growing, perhaps because of media attention paid to high-profile crimes. But the breakdown of figures shows decreases in all types of crime, across the board (although there are of course some increases from year to year – this year, for example, both violent crime and sex crime increased compared to last year).
Overall, it’s great to hear that such a safe country has gotten even safer. We’re happy to say that no Genki Japanese School student has ever been the victim of serious crime here, and with the current trends, it looks like that will continue!