Tokyo is the safest city in the world, according to a new report – something that is likely to be interesting for the thousands of students who choose a destination in which to study abroad every year.
The Japanese capital beat off competition from US and European rivals to be named the world’s safest, based on factors including the likelihood of cyber crime, health security, technological connectedness and sanitation as well as more traditional safety factors such as personal safety and pollution.
The Safe Cities Index was developed by the Economist’s Intelligence Unit (EIU.)
It saw the top three spaces being taken by Asian cities, with Singapore and Osaka (also in Japan) taking the second and third places respectively.
In comparison the USA did relatively badly, with only New York making it into the top ten.
Europe had only three cities – Stockholm, Amsterdam and Zurich – in the top ten, whilst London was in 18th place overall.
The top ten safest cities in the world are:
10. New York
Tokyo is also the most populous city in the world, according to the Guardian, and scored highly across every factor that was taken into account. The city benefits from areas of pedestrianisation, efforts taken to lower pollution through diesel cars and a low crime rate.
There are upwards of 20 public universities in Tokyo, as well as over 100 private institutions, and the city’s international student community is thriving. Find out more about Tokyo by reading our city guide here.