The koban, which is a compound of the Japanese words for “rotation” and “standing watch”, ensures a visible police presence in many towns and cities, credited as a major factor in the nation’s low crime rate. Photo: Kyodo

Japan ups security for ‘koban’ police boxes after violent attacks on officers

  • Japan has a low crime rate but in the past 16 months, four officers have been attacked while in their police boxes, mostly through stabbings although one attacker used a hammer
  • While attacks on police are not common, enhanced security measures will include installation of CCTVs and reinforcing barriers to stop ramming attacks
Topic |   Japan

TOP PICKS

The koban, which is a compound of the Japanese words for “rotation” and “standing watch”, ensures a visible police presence in many towns and cities, credited as a major factor in the nation’s low crime rate. Photo: Kyodo
READ FULL ARTICLE