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According to data ascertained by diplomatic establishments abroad through their Japanese citizen protection work, there were 508 cases committed by Japanese nationals overseas in 2002 (up 30.6% from the previous year), involving 585 Japanese nationals as offenders (up 26.6% from the previous year) (Source: Data by Consular and Migration Affairs Department, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Fig. 1-5-2-1 shows the percent distribution of offenses committed by Japanese nationals overseas in 2002, by type of offense. Immigration Control Law violations/visas had the largest share at 28.1% (143 cases), followed by narcotics-related offenses at 12.0% (61 cases), fraud and attempts thereof at 8.5% (43 cases), bodily injury and assault at 7.7% (39 cases), and Foreign Exchange Law/Customs Law violations at 6.9% (35 cases).
Fig. 1-5-2-1 Percent distribution of offenses committed by Japanese nationals overseas, by type of offense (2002)