• Laura Bui
  • David P. Farrington
Part of the Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia book series (PACCJA)


Within comparative criminology, Japan and its relationship to the West can be described as dynamic: the two regions have influenced each other, despite being considered polar opposites. This introductory chapter discusses these influences and the ideas that were persuasive in explaining—even not explaining—Japan’s low crime rate. In addition, differences between psychological and sociological perspectives are introduced, as well as how the two are linked.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Bui
    • 1
  • David P. Farrington
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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