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27 February 2008

BBC News

TOKYO — Japan is not a country you associate with serious crime. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, but figures published recently suggest the number of shootings here rose by a quarter last year, the first rise in five years. Gangsters were blamed for two-thirds of the attacks but many Japanese are worried that, increasingly, licensed guns are being used for murder too. In 2006 just two people were killed in gun attacks in Japan. Last year the... (

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