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Public prosecutors in Japan handle a variety of cases but in general they are split between two types: violations of Japan’s penal code (criminal cases) and violations of traffic laws.  Statistically, the numbers of these cases are similar but criminal cases make up a small majority.

Within the criminal cases handled by public prosecutors in Japan, a large portion of the cases involve negligence that leads to injury or death.  The large number of negligence cases reflects the relatively low crime rate in Japan.

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