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June 28, 2004

Keitai-packing Students Turn More to Crime

A survey by the National Police Agency has revealed that there is a considerably higher arrest rate among younger students who have a mobile phone. The survey, carried out at the end of 2002, showed little discrepancy in keitai ownership between high schoolers who had been detained by police and those who hadn't - both were around 90%. But the figures for junior high school students show a big gap: while 57% of law-abiding students had a phone, the number for law-breakers was 72%. The gap increased even further, to 32 percentage points, when looking at just boys. There was also a big difference in the frequency of phone use, 2.7 times a day compared to 7.7.

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