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The number of Penal Code violations reported in Japan between January and November hit a record high 2,228,567, according to a National Police Agency report released Thursday.

The number of violations rose by 247,710, or 12.5 percent, over the same period in 1999 and exceeded 2 million for the third consecutive year. The NPA expects this year’s total to reach 2.4 million, up from the 1999 postwar record of 2.17 million.

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