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National Police Agency Reports on Suicides, Sexual Assaults, and More

A government report says that nearly 70 percent of Japanese women who were assaulted last year did not tell anyone about the crime.

The white paper on crime victims released on Tuesday includes data from more than 1,700 women who took part in a survey in 2011 on victims of sexual violence.

The paper says of 134 women who reported they were sexually assaulted, 68 percent did not consult anyone after the attack. When allowed to give multiple reasons, 46 percent said it was because they were ashamed, while 22 percent said they did not want to recall the experience.

Of the 28 percent who said they talked about the attack, 19 percent told friends, and 10 percent spoke to family members.
Only 4 percent said they notified the police.

The white paper stresses that police and medical institutions need to work together more closely so that victims can be provided with the necessary medical and legal help and information.


Suicide Rate in Japan Exceeds 30,000
The number of people who took their own lives in Japan in 2011 was 30,651, the 14th consecutive year the figure has exceeded 30,000, the National Police Agency said in a white paper released Friday.

However, the NPA said the figure was down 1,039 from 2010.

The white paper said there was a spike in suicides between April and June following the March 11 disaster, Sankei Shimbun reported. In May last year, 3,375 people killed themselves, more than 20% up on the same month a year earlier.

“The whole of Japanese society was anxious after the disaster, and we suspect that to be a contributing factor,” said an official of the Cabinet Office, adding suicides in May were particularly high among men in their 30s.

Last March’s quake and tsunami, which claimed 19,000 lives and sparked the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a generation, greatly hampered the Japanese economy and led to a surge in corporate bankruptcies. Police said this contributed to an increase in the number of suicides among people who were unable to find new jobs.

The white paper also said that 1,029 students committed suicide in 2011, the first time that the number has surpassed 1,000 since research data started being kept in 1978.

Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates, according to the OECD.

OP: I remember reading one reason that so many youths take their own lives is because lack of employment after high school and college (I think NHK reported this). The government has recently announced plans to tackle the problem of unemployment amongst recent grads. Hopefully these plans will be effective and help reduce these numbers. 



Cyber Crimes Report
Arrests for cybercrimes are ever increasing. There were record high 6,933 cases cleared in 2010, up 243 from the previous year for a 3.6% increase. There were 5,199 cases cleared in 2010 for networking crimes—also a record high—up 1,238 from the previous year for a 31.3% increase.
In cyberspace, you do not see the face or hear the voice of the other party, and no handwriting, fingerprints or other physical traces are left behind. Confirming whether someone is the actual party can be hard to trace when people are almost always cloaked in anonymity decided by identification codes. Given this, cybercrime investigators must identify which computer was used for the crime and clarify who was using the computer. It can be exceedingly difficult to identify suspects for cybercrimes committed from internet cafes that do not confirm user identities or ensure sufficient wireless networks security measures.

In 2010, 1,239 children were victims of crimes resulting from use of social networking sites and public forums. This is an increase of 103 over last year and the third increase in as many years. The NPA is
therefore pushing forward with several measures. These measures include requests to the companies of social networking sites with high numbers of victimized children to construct sufficient systems scaled to its user base, including content checks for private messages.

Column: Aiming for 100% Content Filtering
Use of content filtering for mobile phones is an effective means of preventing children from browsing information that is harmful to youths when going online via their mobile phones. According to study results released by the Cabinet Office in February 2011, 77.6% of elementary school students, 67.1% of middle school students and 49.3% of high school students use content filters. Meanwhile, more than 90% of child victims of crimes on social networking sites in the first half of 2010 were not using content filters.

Read the full report at the source


Sources: NHK, Japan Today, NPA
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