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Crime in Japan Hits Postwar Record

October 15, 1993

TOKYO (AP) _ Crime in Japan hit a post-World War II record last year.

The Justice Ministry reported today that 2.36 million crimes were reported to police in 1992, up 71,103, or 3.1 percent, from a year earlier, when the previous record was set.

The number of murders rose by 1 percent, armed robberies by 18.5 percent, the ministry’s annual report said. Japan’s population is 125 million.

Despite the increase, Japan still has a much lower crime rate than the United States. The jump, especially in robbery, was blamed in part on the recession, said Hiroshi Komuro, a Justice Ministry researcher.

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