Crimes in Japan


What you can do to prevent from being involved in it

There are some cases that criminals invite exchange students for a “part-time job”. Be careful when they say you can “make money easily”. Especially avoid the conversations shown below. It is prohibited by law and it will have consequences.

“Dashi go” & Remittances

It is a “part-time job” where people withdraw money from an account where victims of fraud send their money into. The people working with it will be handling illegal money that was from either fraud victims or money that was send illegally.

“Dashi go”

They are handed another person’s ATM card, withdraws money from that account and handed it to the criminal organization.
In these cases, if the police investigates it will be easy to find who does it.

Illegal delivery

In this case, a package is delivered to a person’s house and that person will have to deliver it to another location. Even if you don’t know what is inside the package, sometimes you will be handling illegal transactions.

Buying bank accounts

A person opening a bank account and then they selling it. The account book will be used by a criminal organization.

Buying and selling telephones

A person will buy a cellphone and sell it. The cellphone will be used by a criminal organization.


If you do something illegal, even if you said you didn’t know you will be arrested and deported.
Do not listen to things like: “There is a good part-time job that is easy and you don’t have to work too much hours”.



What is the definition of robbery?

Steal money or things is considered robbery.
Japan is relatively safe, but robbery still happens.
Be prepared and guard important things and your money.

In case you got robbed

In case you got robbed, contact the police.
Go to the police station next to you, or call “110”.

About bicycle robbery

Many exchange students use bicycles to get around. Bicycles robbery is common, so be careful.

  1. It is recommended that you register your bicycle. You can do that at the store you bought your bicycle or you will need to go to a specialized store for that registration.
  2. In order to register your bicycle, you will need a receipt, ID and you will need to pay a registration fee. It differs in each province, so check the area where you live.
  3. It is possible to register a bicycle that you received from a friend or a bicycle that you bought from a thrift shop. However, you will need to check if the previous user abticated the ownership of the bicycle.
  4. In case your bicycle got robbed, contact the police. Bring the bicycle registration card and fill out a damage report.
  5. It is important to prevent too. If you are leaving your bicycle somewhere, make sure to lock it with keys. It is important to have 2 locks.