Japan going to the dogs, gaijin hanzai (foreigner crime) blamed: part 2 of 2

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If you see a crime occurring, etc, do you contact police? graph of japanese opinion[part 1] [part 2]

The Cabinet Office Japan recently released a survey into people’s thoughts about public safety in Japan. 3,000 people aged 20 or older were chosen by random, and between the 14th and 24th of December 1,795 of them, or 59.8%, took part in face-to-face interviews. Of those who did not participate, 124 had moved, 79 were on long-term absenses from home, 365 were not at home, 58 could not be found, 514 refused to participate, and 65 did not take part for other reasons. Demographically, 54.1% were female, 8.9% between 20 and 29, 15.0% between 30 and 39, 16.9% between 40 and 49, 21.9% between 50 and 59, 20.7% between 60 and 69, and 16.7% aged 70 or older.

The “gaijin hanzai” comment is related to the uproar regarding of widespread availability of a magazine playing on precisely the fears expressed in this survey.

I was surprised by the results in Q11 – my sterotypical image of the Japanese is that on the whole they would tend to help the police to the best of their efforts, but we see that they have reservations, especially if the crime is a relatively minor one that doesn’t involve family or friends.

Q7: How do you obtain information regarding crimes and public order? (Sample size=1,795, multiple answer)

Television, radio95.5%
Newspapers81.1%
Talking to friends and family38.4%
Local government pamphlets25.8%
Internet21.6%
Magazines11.6%
Police pamphlets11.5%
Mobile phone site4.5%
Other0.3%
Don’t get any information0.2%
Don’t know0.1%

Q8: Do you think there is sufficent information offered by the police or local government regarding crime? (Sample size=1,795)

Sufficient information3.6%
Somewhat sufficient information25.6%
Somewhat insufficient information49.7%
Insufficient information19.3%
Don’t know1.8%

Q9: What sort of information should be offered by the police or local government regarding crime? (Sample size=1,795, multiple answer)

Information regarding crimes occurring in the neighbourhood62.2%
Information of the modus operandi of purse snatchers, etc39.2%
Information on Neighbourhood Watch schemes and other volunteer activities38.4%
Videos of murderers or violent thieves captured on security cameras37.7%
Information on how to pass on information or otherwise how to co-operate with investigations35.9%
Victim support group information32.1%
Internet information security information26.7%
Information on effective anti-crime goods19.6%
Information on government-sponsored anti-crime events, etc13.8%
Information regarding international terrorist organisations, etc, and their activities12.9%
Other0.4%
None in particular2.6%
Don’t know1.6%

Q10: If you see a crime occurring, or hear screams, etc, do you contact the police? (Sample size=1,795)

Always contact police56.7%
Depending on circumstances, contact police (to SQ1, SQ2)41.1%
Don’t contact police (to SQ2)1.7%
Don’t know0.5%

Q10SQ1: In what circumstances do you contact police? (Sample size=738, multiple answer)

When I see a murder or violent theft78.3%
When a close friend or relative is a victim77.6%
When I heard loud noises or screams in a familiar place53.7%
When I see a suspicious character27.8%
When close to a police station or police box (koban)24.7%
When I have the time11.4%
Other0.3%
Don’t know0.3%

Q10SQ2: Why do you not notify police (sometimes or always)? (Sample size=769, multiple answer)

Afraid of reprisals by criminals33.6%
Someone else will contact them21.2%
Bothersome having to speak to police later17.6%
It’s nothing to do with me, don’t want to get involved16.3%
Too busy with work, etc10.8%
There’s no phone or other convenient means of contacting them10.5%
Don’t know how to nofity them10.0%
Awkward to approach police6.9%
It won’t do any good0.9%
Other7.2%
Don’t know14.6%

Q11: How would you cooperate with police regarding an incident? (Sample size=1,795)

Proactively cooperate34.7%
Cooperate as required61.9%
Not cooperate much (to SQ)2.3%
Not cooperate at all (to SQ)0.6%
Don’t know0.4%

Q11SQ: Why would not cooperate with police? (Sample size=53, multiple answer)

Bothersome having to speak to police later32.1%
It’s nothing to do with me, don’t want to get involved28.3%
Afraid of reprisals by criminals24.5%
Don’t know how it would be useful even if I cooperated20.8%
Awkward to approach police17.0%
Too busy with work, etc7.5%
It won’t do any good5.7%
Someone else will cooperate1.9%
Other7.5%
Don’t know0.0%

Q12: What sorts of crimes should the police focus their effort upon? (Sample size=1,795, multiple answer)

Murders, violent robbery63.6%
Abduction of children, etc63.5%
Drunk-driving traffic accidents, hit-and-runs and other traffic dangers61.6%
Violent assaults53.7%
Housebreaking whilst owner at home53.4%
Fraudulent sales or money-forwarding schemes45.8%
Pick-pockets, purse snatching39.4%
Groping or other sexual assaults39.3%
Theft of or from motor vehicles36.2%
Drug pushing, drug abuse34.2%
Bosozoku bike gangs’ dangerous riding, noise pollution, etc32.9%
Internet crime32.8%
Stalking29.5%
Illegal dumping and other environmental crimes28.5%
Loan-sharking28.1%
Gun owning, smuggling, selling, etc23.9%
International terrorist organisations or other terrorists21.6%
Other0.6%
None in particular1.6%
Don’t know0.3%

Q13: What kinds of individuals or organisations should the police focus their effort upon? (Sample size=1,795, multiple answer)

Habitual criminals; thieves, etc60.5%
Bosozoku or juvenile delinquent gangs53.1%
Foreign crime gangs and illegal immigrants51.1%
Yakusa and other organised crime45.0%
Drug dealers or users33.8%
International terrorist organisations or international terrorists22.5%
Illegal businesses and other sex-related businesses21.6%
Other0.2%
None in particular3.6%
Don’t know1.3%

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