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3 Crime prevention activities(1) The Brighter Society Campaign, etc.
Crime prevention activities in rehabilitation range widely and include fostering more informed public opinion and improving social environments. More concretely, various public participation events are held that include lecture meetings, small public meetings to discuss the problem of delinquency, counseling on juvenile delinquency, open case seminars to discuss crime/delinquency cases, efforts to strengthen collaborations with junior high schools, and events for parents and children.
These activities are implemented throughout the year by probation offices, volunteer probation officers’ associations, Women’s Associations for Rehabilitation Aid, and BBS Associations, etc. in cooperation with the various relevant agencies and organizations. The Brighter Society Campaign advocated by the Ministry of Justice has been conducted with an emphasis on the month of July every year. A total of approximately 2,780,000 persons participated in various events in the 58th Brighter Society Campaign in 2008 (Source: The Rehabilitation Bureau, Ministry of Justice).
(2) Voluntary crime prevention activities
Voluntary crime prevention activities have been actively carried out by local residents. As of December 31, 2008, the number of crime prevention volunteer groups which the National Police Agency recognized was 40,538 (up 7.3% from the previous year) with 2,501,175 members (up 6.8% (id.)).