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Wednesday, January 11, 2006



I suppose the question is: was it simply carelessness in reporting or a deliberate attempt to play up the issue? I would hope it's the former.

The Yangban

I think is was just sloppy reporting since they put the real numbers in the same story.

The real question is who chose to report the numbers that way, the reporter or the government?

The Asianist
hordes of foreign criminals [who] will... kill you in your sleep

Aren't those people called "North Korean commandos"?


Now if we could just get the number of crimes per the number of each country's visitor-years (i.e. [total number of days a country's citizens spent in Korea in 2005]/365) we'd have something approaching meaningful. Of course, a breakdown of crime types would be nice. I learned a long time ago that a statistically well-written article is too much to ask for in Korea.

Horace Jeffery Hodges

Andy, thanks for directing me here from The Marmot. Good to see that someone is doing the math.

Jeffery Hodges

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The statistics of foreign criminals are always inacurate because of crimes only they can commit like visa violations or illegal immigration....

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