The crime rate in Japan is so low, that the nation’s police force hunts for things to do, the Economists is reporting. According to the report dated May 17 2017, There was just one fatal shooting in the whole of 2015.

The tireless police of Kagoshima, a sleepy city in the far south of the country, organised a stake-out that lasted a week, watching an unlocked car day and night. It paid off in the end.

The car was parked outside a supermarket, and contained a case of malt beer. Eventually, a passing middle-aged man decided to help himself. Five policemen instantly pounced, nabbing one of the city’s few remaining law-breakers.

Japan’s cluttered streets are not always pretty but they are remarkably safe. Crime rates have been falling for 13 years. The murder rate of 0.3 per 100,000 people is among the lowest in the world; in America it is almost 4. A single gun slaying was recorded for the whole of 2015.

Even yakuza gangsters, once a potent criminal force, have been weakened by tougher laws and old age.

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