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Drug use up, burglary down as Japan's COVID crisis changes crime

Overall case count sinks 18% nationwide, but cyber offenses rise to record

Police guard a crime scene in Fukuoka, Japan. The pandemic has changed the nature of criminal activity.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's crime cases decreased last year as coronavirus-fearing residents stayed home, but drug offenses and cybercrime were on the rise.

Police report a 17.9% decline in cases nationwide to 614,231 for 2020, just one-fifth of Japan's postwar peak of 2.85 million cases, reached in 2002. The drop accelerates the downward trend in Japan's crime cases during recent years.

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