Stop, Thief! Thank You.
Why so little looting in Japan? It's not just about honesty.
Correction, March 17, 2011: This article originally misattributed data on the clearance rate for murder to Jake Adelstein. In fact, that statistic was provided by Mark D. West. (Return to the corrected sentence.)
Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.
Photograph of Japanese earthquake victim by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images.