An article in the Japan Times today looks at crime in Japan.
Several crimes and their sentences are given.
In reverse order:
Selling dodgy cures to old people: 12 years
Stealing Peko-Chan dolls: 7 years
Passing fake coins: 7 years
Murder: 3 years
Using (not possessing) stimulants: 18 months
Fraud: 16 months
Refusing to show a Gaijin card: 2 months detention, 16 months suspended
Selling dodgy investments to old people: 2 years suspended
Yes, that IS correct: Stealing one of those things above will land you a sentence four years longer than murdering someone.
This country is insane.