The number of crimes recorded by Japanese police in 2014 fell 7.8 percent from the previous year to 1,212,240, marking the third lowest post-World War II level, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
The fall in the overall number of crimes was largely attributable to a sharp decline in thefts, down 8.6 percent to a new postwar low of 897,309.
"An increase in the use of high-tech security keys, windows and other building parts, as well as anti-burglary patrols by volunteers, are apparently the factors behind the decline," an agency official said.
About 60 pct of teachers at public junior high schools in Japan worked at least 60 hours per week in fiscal 2016, beyond the dividing line used by the state for determining death from overwork, an education ministry survey revealed Friday. (Jiji)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his British counterpart, Theresa May, agreed at a meeting in London on Friday that their countries will work together to promote free trade at a time when protectionist moves are growing in the world. (Jiji)
The possibility of a powerful earthquake of lower 6 or above on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 occurring in the next 30 years has slightly increased, mainly on the Pacific side of Japan, a government report showed Thursday. (Jiji)
Japanese researchers said Thursday they have unearthed the remains of an 8-meter-long Hadrosaurid, dating from around 72 million years ago, in the mountains of Hokkaido, making it the largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton discovered in the country. (Japan Times)