The government paid about 1.13 billion yen in benefits to 394 crime victims and their relatives during fiscal 2005, down 114 million yen and 54 people from the previous year, the National Police Agency said in a report released Thursday.

The government paid an average 4.54 million yen each to a total of 209 surviving family members of crime victims in the year through March 31. Payments ranged from 295,000 yen to 15 million yen, the report says.

The government paid an average 145,000 yen each to 114 people who required medical treatment for serious wounds. And it paid an average 2.35 million yen each to 71 people who were permanently disabled.

The system was established in 1981 with the aim of caring for crime victims and their families.

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