■ Korea’s digital competitiveness is 8th, Japan’s 27th, TOP10?The number of pickpocketing crimes that once occurred frequently in South Korea is decreasing year by year. According to the National Police Agency’s crime statistics, the number of pickpocket crimes decreased from 2378 in 2011 to 535 in 2019. The number of crimes committed daily at 6.5 has been reduced to about one per day (1.46). Experts say that changes in Korean society are involved in the “disappearance of pickpockets.” With less cash used, more records of consumption, and more security cameras, pickpockets have lost their way of life. “The economic benefits of pickpocketing have decreased, and the risk of being caught has increased,” said Sun Jae-hyun, a researcher at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. In fact, more people are using credit cards instead of cash, and pickpockets have significantly reduced their “money to steal.” Recently, payments made through mobile devices instead of real credit cards are increasing. From the pickpocket’s point of view, the cash that you are looking at has disappeared. According to the “Domestic Payment Settlement Trend Statistics” released by the Bank of Korea, the scale of non-face-to-face payments last year averaged 894 billion won per day (about 82.6 billion yen at the current rate. .. An official of KakaoPay said, “As of April this year, the cumulative number of subscribers has reached 36 million, and the annual transaction amount, which was 3.8 trillion won (about 370 billion yen) in 2017, is 67 trillion won in 20 (about 370 billion yen). It has increased to about 6.52 trillion yen). ” The number of places that operate so-called “cash-free sales floors” that only accept credit card payments is increasing, mainly in the distribution industry.