There was a time not so long ago when it wasn’t even necessary to lock the front door in Kenichi Sonada’s neighborhood in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward.

“Now, even if you do, you’re not entirely safe,” said the elderly Sonada (not his real name), a recent burglary victim whose lock was expertly picked by intruders.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.