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Fig. 2-2-2-1 shows the percent distribution of the number of persons newly received by public prosecutors offices in 2002 by type of offenses.
In 2002, the total number of persons newly received by public prosecutors offices was 2,189,458, down by 17,522 from the previous year. The number of those received for penal code offenses was 1,213,226 (55.4%) and the number for special law offenses was 976,232 (44.6%). Since 1998, there has been a continuous tendency of an increase of penal code offenses and a decrease of special law offenses. In 2002, while the number for penal code offenses increased by 16,096, the number for special law offenses decreased by 33,618 from the previous year.
General penal code offenses (penal code offenses excluding professional negligence in traffic accidents) increased by 23,428 from the previous year to 333,322. By type of offense, robbery, larceny, fraud, embezzlement (including misappropriation of lost property), etc. showed significant increases. On the contrary, professional negligence in traffic accidents decreased by 7,332 from the previous year to 879,904.
In addition, road traffic violations decreased by 33,877 from the previous year to 882,212, but the special law offenses excluding road traffic violations increased by 259 to 94,020 (see Appendix 2-1 ).
Fig. 2-2-2-1 Percent distribution of the number of persons newly received by public prosecutors offices by type of offenses (2002)