Stalking, domestic violence cases in Japan hit record highs

In Japan, the number of stalking cases where police identified suspects hit a record high in 2016.

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The National Police Agency says there were more than 2,600 cases last year. It also issued warnings in more than 3,500 cases.

Police received over 22,700 inquiries and reports about stalking. That’s the second highest since record-keeping began in 2000.

Police also received nearly 70,000 inquiries and reports about domestic violence and identified suspects in over 8,300 cases.

The agency says the number of reported cases rose by 50 percent in stalking and doubled in domestic violence over the past 5 years.

Police say stalkers not only follow people to their homes and offices, but increasingly use social networking services to make contact with victims.

Source and image: NHK
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