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THE AUTUMN RAIN: Crime in Japan



"Our traditional values are fading. Love of family, love of country, respect for the Emperor - young peopole today don't care about these things. Our code of honour
is breaking down." With these words, a Japanese man, himself a member of one of Japan's organized crime "families," laments the changes that have brought about a rise in crime in his country.


The Autumn Rain: Crime in Japan, a half-hour documentary, is the fifth in a series of films on Japan. Through interviews with police officials, crime bosses, and ordinary citizens, from scenes of everyday life in shops and homes, to footage of street demonstrations by disaffected youth, the film examines Japanese social customs and values, and shows how crime is becoming more pervasive and more violent.

The Autumn Rain looks at two main forms of criminal activity: individual and group-oriented crime. Japan traditionally has had one of the lowest individual crime rates in the world, and still does. Rape, for example, is ten times less common than in North America, and most people have little fear of personal harm. Still, the stresses of Japanaese society - pressures to succeed, to conform, and to observe strict rules of behaviour and custom - often manifest themselves in anti-social acts. Carrying weapons and taking drugs, long considered taboo in Japan, are becoming more prevalent, and violent attacks by children against parents and teachers are on the rise.

Organized crime has long flourished in the country, controlled by syndicates call yakuza. The yakuza have two faces: a "front face" through which they run businesses, raise familes, carry on cordial relations with the police, and participate in local festivals; and a secret "back face" through which they control a vast underworld of extortion, gambling, prostitution, loan-sharking, and drug dealing.

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