The Spatial Patterning of Homicide and Suicide in Japan: 1985 and 1995

Robert D. Baller, University of Iowa
Dong-Joon Shin, University of Iowa
Kelly K. Richardson, University of Iowa

ABSTRACT
We test for geographic clustering of homicide and suicide at the level of Japanese Prefectures. Using data for two time periods, 1985 and 1995, we assess how the spatial patterning of Japanese violence changed in recent years. The techniques of exploratory spatial data analysis are used for this purpose. Multivariate spatial regressions are used to attempt to "explain away" observed violence clustering. Results of these tests are interpreted with reference to social-structural theories of violence and various diffusion-based explanations.

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