White paper on crime 2010 Part2/Chapter5/Section5/3
Crime prevention activities in rehabilitation range widely and include fostering more informed public opinion and improving social environments. Concrete activities include various public participation events, including lecture meetings, small public meetings to discuss the problem of delinquency, counseling on juvenile delinquency, and events held for both parents and children, and efforts to strengthen collaborations with junior high schools, including holding conferences on community problems by probation offices, volunteer probation officers' associations, and junior high schools.
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 – Community Power to Prevent Offences and Delinquencies and Support Rehabilitation – is advocated by the Ministry of Justice designating every July as the month for enhancing the campaign.
In recent years voluntary crime prevention activities have been actively carried out by local residents. As of the end of 2009 the number of crime prevention volunteer groups that the National Police Agency have recognized was 42,762 (up 5.5% from the end of the previous year) with 2,629,278 members (up 5.1% (id.)).