Tag Archives: Japan

Koban for Brazil

Brazilian police are officially adopting the koban “police box” system that serves as the centerpiece of Japanese policing, according to this article. Koban are small police stations, usually located in areas with heavy foot traffic, where people can ask directions, … Continue reading

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More due process, less murder

This article summarizes a cross-national study of 89 countries that found two factors associated with having a lower murder rate — fewer young males and more due process of law. Having the death penalty or being more democratic had little … Continue reading

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Police mascots in Japan

Various institutions in Japan have mascots, including the police. This article discusses the impact of cute, cuddly police mascots on the public’s perception of police officers. The image may seem contradictory, but “Cute things — whether a baby, a dog, … Continue reading

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Abu Dhabi targets #1 safety ranking

This article describes new community policing initiatives being implemented in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with their quest to become the safest city in the world, a position currently held by Tokyo. In related news, the UAE and Europol have signed … Continue reading

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Crackdown on organized crime in Japan

This article reports that police in Japan have arrested 976 criminal gang members since March in an effort to avert an all-out “Yakuza war” between two main organized crime factions. Two gang leaders have recently been murdered; a similar inter-factional … Continue reading

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Beefing up Aseanapol considered

This article reports that Asian ministers recently considered creating a Europol-style regional agency, mainly to enhance capabilities for preventing and investigating cyber crime. No short-term decisions are expected while discussion and planning continue.

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Organized crime split in Japan

This article describes a serious split among organized crime groups in Japan, one that could lead to a “Yakuza war.” Despite traditionally cordial relations between police and gangsters, there are worries that the split could lead to violence, and police … Continue reading

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