Today a story appeared on the Mainichi Online front page: Man arrested for raping woman in western Tokyo. The man has been arrested for a rape that happened in early April and there is the suggestion that he could be the wanted suspect for another attempted rape that happened in mid-May in Tachikawa.
However, even if he is charged for two of rapes, technically he would not be counted as a serial rapist (which is usually three or more), which raises the question—why was this news story chosen over numerous other rapes that happen in Japan? Do the Mainichi reporters know more than they are telling us and suspect him to be a serial rapist? Or with rape cases decreasing in Japan, has this crime become even more important in Japanese society?
Take the UK for example. Home Office statistics state that there were 13,322 reports of rape (of a female) in 2004/2005.
In Japan, according to the National Police Agency, this number is 2,076 for the same year. And this number has decreased to 1,948 (-6.2%) in 2006.
In the UK, a crime such as this would not “merit importance” in a national newspaper, as cases like these are all too frequent. However, with low statistics such as these in Japan, is this report actually a reflection of Japan’s safety?
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