Homicide RateJapan has a fairly low homicide rate (0.83 per 100,000 people per year). However, Norway (0.68) and Germany (0.81) have a lower rate. The United States has a rate of 4.8 (about 5.7 times worse than Japan's rate).
Bicycle CrimeJapan's biggest crime problem is bicycle theft. There are 6.6 bicycle thefts per 100,000 people. This rate has almost doubled since 1989. Everyone is worried about it.
Japan has the 2nd highest bicycle theft rate in the G20 (rich countries). The worst country is Holland .
It's likely that Japan's rate is just more accurate. If your bicycle is stolen in downtown Los Angeles you're less likely to report it than if you're in Tokyo.
(LAPD vehicles Los Angeles)
Amazingly, Japanese police recover more than 50% of stolen bicycles.
Total Victim RateIn Japan, 21% of people are a victim of some kind of crime in a given year (total crime victim rate). This is the lowest in the G20.
By comparison, in the United States 39.5% of people are victims of a crime. In Australia more than half of people are victimized each year (54.3%).
You Can Prove Anything With StatisticsComparing statistics across countries isn't always very accurate. Nations have different laws and methods for collecting crime statistics.
Most foreign residents of Japan will confirm that it's a remarkably safe country. Most will admit it's safer than their home country.