For the first time since the end of World War II, Osaka this year will overtake Tokyo and have the highest crime rate in the country.

According to figures compiled by the National Police Agency, Osaka reported 298,000 criminal cases in the first 11 months of the year, compared with some 268,000 cases in the metropolitan Tokyo district.

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