On July 24, the National Police Agency published its annual White Paper report for fiscal 2018. Under the title of “recent crime trends and future prospects,” it pointed to the declining number of criminal offenses. At the same time, it pointed out that the issues of stalking, special fraud and cybercrimes will “become more serious than today.”
The White Paper noted that “certain levels of improvement are seen in the security situation and people’s safety by pointing out that the number of criminal offenses fell to a third since it peaked in 2002. On the other hand, it stressed that cases concerning people’s physical safety, which include stalking, domestic violence and child abuse, as well as “non-face-to-face offenses” such as banking fraud and cybercrimes, are increasing.
It reported that police made arrests in connection with a record 9,014 cases of cybercrime in 2017 and pointed out that anonymous “dark webs” are causing these offenses. It also discussed measures to prevent the posting of improper messages to social networking sites in connection with a murder case involving nine victims in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, in October 2017. (Abridged)