Date
25 September 2017
Tokyo topped the list for digital security and was in the top five for personal safety and infrastructure despite its huge population and earthquakes. Photo: Internet
Tokyo topped the list for digital security and was in the top five for personal safety and infrastructure despite its huge population and earthquakes. Photo: Internet

Tokyo tops list of safest cities, Hong Kong out of top 10

Japanese cities dominated a ranking of the world’s safest cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, with Tokyo and Osaka bagging two of the top three places.

The Economist’s Safe Index 2015 assessed 50 cities on digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety.

The index did not include crime.

Hong Kong was No. 11 overall, behind New York, the only American city in the top 10.

Hong Kong was fourth in terms of digital security but fell to No. 40 when it came to the safety of its infrastructure.

Singapore, which ranked No. 1 in personal safety, took second place overall, behind Tokyo but ahead of Osaka.

Stockholm was fourth and Amsterdam fifth, followed by Sydney, Zurich, Toronto and Melbourne.

Tokyo topped the list for digital security and was in the top five for personal safety and infrastructure despite its huge population and earthquakes.

Hong Kong’s low infrastructure rating comes from the fact that its seven million residents live in urban slums.

Although its roads are high quality, it has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths per year, according to the index.

Still, the city ranked sixth in personal safety, with high levels of police engagement and patrols since pro-democracy protests broke out late last year.

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