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.
Japan's Liberal Democratic Party on Friday submitted a record of email exchanges in which Akie Abe, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, denies her alleged payment of one million yen to an embattled school operator. (Jiji)
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Ground Self-Defense Force on Friday to withdraw its engineering troops taking part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by the end of May. (Jiji)
Kobe District Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to death, as sought by public prosecutors, for fatally stabbing a total of five men and women in Awajishima, an island in the western Japan prefecture of Hyogo, in March 2015. (Jiji)
A Japanese woman has given birth to a girl after receiving in-vitro fertilization treatment with an egg from an anonymous third-party donor, a nonprofit organization based in the western Japan city of Kobe said Wednesday. (Jiji)