Crime Rates in Japan

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Search any on-line data source (e.g., CIA Factbook, CountryReports.org, U.S. State Department) to find specific country information on any of the three high-homicide and low-homicide countries identified in class in an effort to determine the causes or correlates of these high or low rates, answering the questions below (citing any data you find in these sources): a. Is there any consistent relationship between levels of education and homicide rates? I did Japan and there was no relationship with education and crimes. b. Is there any consistent relationship between economic indicators and homicide rates? If so, which ones? They had a low homicide rates because of the high surveillance of the Japanese population. c. Are there are other demographic, social, or technological indicators reported that appear to be related to homicide rates in these high- and low-homicide rate countries? Japan's prison crime rate also pales in comparison to America's prison crime rate (where guns don't exist either). Japan's low crime rate is due to their unique "group" based society. All Japanese citizens are restricted from owning weapons of any kind, including swords. Unless you are a licensed hunter, which is rare, and they are only permitted shotguns. d. Can you offer reasonable explanations for any of the relationships you find (or reasons for the lack of any relationships if none are found)? I see that Japan have stricter policemen that will actual assault law breakers and they are on a constant watch over there people so they fear to break laws as often as other countries who don’t suffer the same consequences as them.

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http://www.nationmaster.com/country/ja-japan/cri-crime
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