Japanese crime and police explained

Why is there so little crime in Japan?

In any country a lack of crime across time and economic circumstances seems to depend on how ashamed people will be by you being a criminal and how much you will be affected by their disapproval. This also explains the yakuza- by joining the mafia you gain a group who approve of your crime to make up for your lost love elsewhere. This is all similar to Italy, as is the control of kids with maternal indulgence and guilt tripping

Why are there so many yakuza in Osaka?

Why do the Japanese fall for ore ore telephone scams?
They mainly aim at old people, who are living in a very different one to pre-war Japan when they were born. The scams are also designed to use the Japanese avoidance of shame and responsibility for the actions of other family members.

Why do the yakuza cut their fingers off?
How did the yakuza get so big?
How do the police get such precise figures on the number of yakuza?

How does someone become a member of the yakuza?
Why do most gyms and onsen hot spring resorts ban tattoos?
It’s traditionally a sign of yakuza

Why do the police rely on confessions?
Why are Japanese judges impressed with an-often insincere- confessions?

Why is the Japanese police’s conviction rate so high?

How can the yakuza (Japanese mafia) operate so openly?

Unless the Japanese police think that the criminals keep crime under control (like in Terry Prachett’s Discworld), it must be a mix of fear and greed by police, bureaucrats and politicians.

Why aren’t your knickers safe on your washing line?

The same was true in 1950’s Britain, a classic time for peeping toms, flashers etc. I guess some Japanese have still not gone through the 60’s.

Why don’t passersby help?

It could make you embarrass the victim and put an unwanted extra obligation on the victim and/or the person helping them

Why are the Japanese police so obsessed with checking if foreigners have registered the ownership of their pushbike?

I’m guessing the arrest rate is high, as who can be bothered registering a bike??

How could the disciplined, law abiding and well mannered Japanese go so wild and out of control in WWII?

There are a million possible answers to this one- religion, racism, letting off steam they couldn’t at home, not having a clear chain of command etc. The most important point to understand, though, is that the Japanese are not law abiding in the same way as a jobsworth Englishman or German is. Japanese harmony is not achieved by writing down rules and following them, but rather by following unspoken signals in order not to stand out in the crowd. This can be seen when one person starts walking the wrong side of a platform staircase or crossing on a red light and others follow without looking at the official sign.Japanese health explained

Why is there so little graffiti in Japan, despite the huge interest in B boy culture?

The local governments took all the fun out of it by especially setting aside walls for graffiti to be done on.


  1. Chan said,

    May 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    The WWII matter: (not an expert or very educated view)

    I don’t think its on the religion aspect and certainly not letting of steam.
    Well maybe it can be letting of steam? (getting confused).
    well i guess its just war break peoples mind in a way that they can’t control themselves anymore? also I’ve read in a book that the Japanese when going into war will go into total war so no little war games or following the rules of war, war isn’t a game so yes the soldiers will kill and torture. yes the Japanese committed things that can’t see the the day of light. however you also have to note that the West weren’t being very friendly themselves. the Allies who burned down Dresden completely bombed cities of no strategic value and after that nuked Japan.

  2. Meika said,

    July 19, 2012 at 4:58 am

    good people are different in war.

    there is no right or wrong, only following your superiors. this goes for all nations, and all conflicts.

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