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  •  It seems likely (5+ / 0-)

    that the monolithic culture, devotion to harmony, and reluctance to act 'shamefully' is at least partly responsible for the low crime rates.

    •  That's definitely a positive manifestation (2+ / 0-)
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      Rashaverak, waterstreet2013

      It sounds like grudges can be held for a long time, which of course is not helpful, but the low crime rate seems to reflect that there are fewer impulsive responses as well.

      'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

      by janis b on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:44:22 PM PST

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      •  There is also NO right to own firearms (3+ / 0-)
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        which has got to be a factor.

        •  There's no Second Amendment, but (2+ / 0-)
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          people do own firearms in Japan.  Sometimes a lot of them.  We live out in the country and often see guys strolling down the roads up in the mountains, shotguns on their shoulders.  There's a fair bit of hunting going on (and we get deer, duck, bear, and wild boar stews out of it), as well as varmint blasting (wild boars again, as well as the occasional monkey).  

          Of course, the nice thing is that guns here are heavily regulated, and you can't just pop off to a shop and get armed to the teeth in thirty minutes or less.  

          Odds and ends about life in Japan: 1971wolfie.wordpress.com

          by Hatrax on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 11:32:38 AM PST

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      •  the low crime rate (7+ / 0-)

        is kind of myth, though.

        I would even go so far as to say close to every Japanese women has been groped, grabbed or sexually assaulted.

        Many cases are unreported.

        Have you ever read, "Tokyo Vice"?
        That book is about "Human Trafficking" in Japan.
        actually, it's going to be a movie staring Daniel Radcliffe.

        Also, have you ever heard about "Hague Treaty"?
        Hillary was working on to stop child kidnapping by Japanese national.

        And of course, we don't need to talk about Yakuza, do we?

        •  I certainly don't have the stats (1+ / 0-)
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          to defend the low numbers that are presented. There could very well be systematic underreporting, especially in the areas that you mention. But some stats, like homicides, would be hard to 'massage'.

          •  It's true that homicides are low (3+ / 0-)
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            as far as, you don't have to worry about some nut blowing you away for your wallet.  You can walk pretty much anywhere without fear.  Indeed, this is nice.

            Again, though... this is only if you're a man.  If you're a woman, watch yourself, and don't assume the police will take you seriously.  

            Odds and ends about life in Japan: 1971wolfie.wordpress.com

            by Hatrax on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 11:37:16 AM PST

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          •  Setagaya familly Massarcre (0+ / 0-)

            世田谷一家殺害事件
            In middle of fairy wealthy neighbor.

            The whole family of four got massacred.

            Quite shocking, blood splatting incidents,
            and most shocking of all

            There were so many evidences behind, including the computer the police believe the perpetrator used.

            And police determined, the perpetrator stuck around several hours after the deed.
            and that happened 2000, 14 years ago.
            and the case was is still unsolved.

            In Japan there are so many unsolved murder cases.

            True, we usually don't have much homicides like States.
            but you don't want to know, how many unsolved cases laying around and nobody care about.
            I mean, our media don't talk about.

      •  Holding grudges is explicitly taught (6+ / 0-)

        particularly in the story of the 47 Ronin ((四十七士 Shi-jū-shichi-shi), as part of the culture of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence, and honor. However, there is much doubt about the morality of the ronins' actions.

        Immediately following the event, there were mixed feelings among the intelligentsia about whether such vengeance had been appropriate. Many agreed that, given their master's last wishes, the ronin had done the right thing, but were undecided about whether such a vengeful wish was proper. Over time, however, the story became a symbol, not of bushido, as the ronin can be seen as seriously lacking it, but of loyalty to one's master and later, of loyalty to the emperor. Once this happened, the story flourished as a subject of drama, storytelling, and visual art.
        There are many versions of the story in kabuki (starting only two weeks after the mass seppuku), bunraku, opera, six movies spread out over a century, many TV shows and series, and innumerable ukiyo-e prints.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 06:47:24 AM PST

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        •  I believe the most important thing about (1+ / 0-)
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          47 Ronin is,
          Why the story is so famous and loved in Japan.

          Wikipedia;
          "The following day, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Kōichi Kido prepared a draft document which summarized the hopeless military situation and proposed a negotiated settlement. According to some commentators,[who?] the Emperor privately approved of it and authorized Kido to circulate it discreetly amongst less hawkish cabinet members; others suggest that the Emperor was indecisive, and that the delay cost many tens of thousands of lives. Extremists in Japan were also calling for a death-before-dishonor mass suicide, modeled on the "47 Ronin" incident. By mid-June 1945, the cabinet had agreed to approach the Soviet Union to act as a mediator for a negotiated surrender, but not before Japan's bargaining position had been improved by repulse of the anticipated Allied invasion of mainland Japan."

      •  Not really, (0+ / 0-)

        because we have Yakuza.
        They don’t have much problem with impulsive responses.
        And we have very strong media control

    •  You really have to think about here is, (0+ / 0-)

      Is this a good thing?
      Because I think it’s religion against science.
      That what it comes down to.

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