It is easy to believe that there is a significant difference in crime rates between Japan and the U.S. How different are the Japanese and U.S. crime rates? How much safer is Japan than America?
A comparison of the number of crimes per 100,000 people between Japan and the U.S. shows that in 2019, the total number of homicides in Japan was 950, while in the U.S., it was 16,425. The total number of robberies in Japan was 1,511, while in the U.S., it was 267,988. This indicates that even considering the population difference between Japan and the U.S., the crime rate in the U.S. is significantly higher than it is in Japan.
The number of homicides in the U.S. is approximately 25 times higher than the number of homicides in Japan and the number of robberies in the U.S. is 178 times higher than the number of robberies in Japan.
It is also worth noting that firearms are often used in violent crimes in the U.S. It can be said for a fact that firearms boost the number of violent crimes in the U.S. That said, gun restrictions alone do not explain Japan’s low crime rate.
Is Japan really a safe country? Japan might be safer than America but all kinds of crimes are committed in Japan.
Criminal offenses in 2021 totaled 568,104 and arrests were made in 264,485 cases.
Theft accounted for 48.2% of all criminal arrests, followed by assault (13.7%), bodily harm (10.0%), fraud (5.9%), and embezzlement and misappropriation of lost property (5.5%), according to the National Police Agency.
A common misconception is that crime in Japan is increasing or becoming more violent but, statistically speaking, the number of crimes is on a downward trend year after year.
Japan’s crime rate is significantly lower than that of the U.S. Does Japan have the lowest crime rate in the world? Though Japan is not ranked as the safest country in the world, it always ranks among the top 10 safest countries. Considering its population, Tokyo is perhaps the safest city among metropolitan cities with a large population. Japan is a much safer place to live than America.
It is important to note that while Japan has a low overall crime rate, no society is entirely free from crime, and it is always essential to exercise caution and follow local laws and customs when visiting or living in any country.