Japan voted worlds third safest

first_imgThe Land of the Rising Sun has been ranked the third most peaceful country in the world, according to the recently released 2010 Global Peace Index (GPI) compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).Japan was ranked only behind New Zealand and Iceland in the fourth annual GPI, which comprised of 23 peace indicators including safety and security in society, and 32 related factors including civil liberties and hostility to foreigners/private property.‘Japan remained free from civil unrest in 2009, while violent crimes and homicides are rare and terrorist acts highly unlikely. Respect for human rights is high and stringent laws prohibit the possession of firearms,’ the 2010 GPI reported.Renowned for its high level of safety and low levels of crime, Japan has some of the most honest people in the world, too. Figures recently released by the Metropolitan Police Department said that 2,332,904 items were handed in as ‘found items’ in Tokyo in 2008. Among the most common items were umbrellas, clothing, wallets, ID cards and mobile phones. The amount of cash among the lost property totalled 2.7 billion yen which equates to approximately AU$34.5 million.The 2010 GPI ranked 149 nations of the world by their peacefulness, finding that the world has become slightly less peaceful during the past year. The three least peaceful countries according to the Index were Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img