“I prefer to eat grass instead of garbage. Thank you”.
This road sign in Switzerland is there to let know drivers that even an apparently harmless action like throwing objects out of the window – like aluminum cans or food wraps – can do harm to cows, resulting even in death.
You can see cows on the road side everywhere in Switzerland.
How different is the criminal justice system in Japan if compared to the ones in the Western World? Japanese culture and history have produced a completely different justice system, with exceptional results and means difficult to accept or understand for Westerners.
I’ve recently stumbled upon an article about “crime and punishment” in Japan. Its title can be translated in “Japan, lights and shadows of Justice. The most frequent crime is bike theft.”
I found the article extremely interesting because it highlights how different Japanese law enforcement system is from the ones in the western world.
The article, authored by a European journalist who has been living in Japan for a couple decades, begins by listing facts and figures about crime in Japan.
Japan is the country with the lowest crime level among the countries belonging to G20
Japan has 54 inmates every 100,000 citizens (US: 700)
Japanese citizens who are victim of at least one crime over one year are 16% (US: 39%)
Risk of being robbed in Tokyo is 80 times lower than in New York City
Risk of being assaulted in Tokyo is 200 times lower than in NYC
Risk of being raped in Tokyo is 700 times lower than in NYC
Risk of being killed in Tokyo is 2,000 times lower than in NYC
However, such stellar results don’t come without a price.
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