Japan’s Juvenile Justice System

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Japan is a chain of islands located in the Pacific Ocean with a population of 127,185,332 people. This island nation is the forefront of technology, especially in Tokyo, which is also the largest city in Japan. There are four main islands that are called Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.

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Most of Japan’s population lives on these main islands. Japan has a very homogenous with about 98.5 percent of the population being Japanese with small minorities of Korean, Chinese, and Brazilians. The largest native ethnic group in Japan is the Yamato people. Japan is the world’s oldest country – that being the percent of the population age 65 or older is about 26.7 percent and is predicted to hit 40 percent by 2050. Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world. Sadly, Japan also has one of the world’s highest suicide rates. Back in 2009, there was a suicide every 15 minutes adding up to 33,000 people taking their own life. Thankfully Japan’s suicide rate has been on a steady decline over the last few years, however, it is still the leading cause of death of individuals age 30 or younger. It is predicted that Japan’s population could fall to just about 96,000,000 by 2050, to combat this the government is now announcing incentives for families to have more than one child. This paper is about the crime and delinquency in japan. The justice agencies that deal with these situations and how they compare with the U.S.

Crime and Delinquency

The age of criminal responsibility is 12 in japan compared to criminal responsibility being 6 in the united states. In 2015 japans criminal levels were 12.8 % to rank (18th) compared to the US at 55.84 (ranked 30th). Murder rate per million people at 3.97in Japan compared to 42.01 U. S Rape per million people at 10.11 Japan compared to 274.04 in the U.S. Gun crime (guns per 100 residents) 0.6 for Japan compared to 88.8 in the U. S (Japan vs United states crime Stats) The total number of juvenile crimes in japan is 856, 130. 850 of these crimes was murder/ Manslaughter. Robbery was 19,200 of these crimes. Aggravated assault was 28, o6o of these crimes. Burglary was 31,990 of these crimes Larcenytheft was the highest with 134,180 crimes committed. Motor Vehicle theft had 15,720 crimes committed. Lastly arson had 2,550 crimes committed. Along with an extensive list of other crimes such as forgery, fraud, embezzlement, vandalism, runaways, etc. As of 2014 the total number of crimes in Japan is about 2.85 million. The percent of annual cannabis use is0.1% of total crime. Opioid use is0.1% of the total crime committed. The murder rate (per 100k) is 1.02. The rape rate (per100k) is 1. Lastly guns (Per 100) is 0.6 %.

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