Crime in Japan pp 159-186 | Cite as

Mental Disorders

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


Mental disorders are examined in this chapter. A relationship between mental illness and violence exists, and is not only controversial, but complex. The prevalence and rates of mental disorders are discussed using large-scale population studies, and special attention is given to the 2005 Medical Treatment and Supervision (MTS) Act, which addressed previous limitations in dealing with offenders who were diagnosed with a mental disorder. Poor mental health, as reflected in significant cases of suicide and social withdrawal, is also of focus.


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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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