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 White paper on crime 2001 Part 1/Chap.2/Sec.5 

Section 5 Offenses Committed by Offenders with Criminal Histories

  Some people with criminal records have a tendency to commit other offenses or repeatedly commit the same type of offense. As for larceny offenses and drug offenses, such people have a considerable impact on criminal trends in Japan. For this reason, this section will examine the trend of repeat offenders (referring to "people who have previously been cleared for committing an offense" for the purpose of this section).