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Japanese Gun Control
Gun Cite ^ | January 1993 | David B. Kopel

Posted on 02/03/2013 10:29:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

I. Introduction

In October 1992, in Louisiana, a Japanese exchange student named Yoshihiro Hattori went into the wrong house on the way to a Halloween party. The homeowner's wife screamed for help and the homeowner drew his .44 pistol and yelled for the student to 'freeze!' Not understanding the American idiom that 'freeze!' means 'Don't move or I'll shoot', the student continued advancing towards the homeowner. The homeowner pulled the trigger and shot him dead.[1] While the incident initially attracted only brief attention in the national American press, the shooting horrified Japan; hundreds of thousands of Japanese have signed petitions calling for the United States to implement gun prohibition, and Hattori's parents have announced plans to begin working with the American lobby, Handgun Control Inc.[2]

To many Japanese, and to many Americans, it is simply incomprehensible that the United States has not implemented strict gun controls or prohibitions along the Japanese model. Gun control in Japan is the most stringent in the democratic world. The weapons law begins by stating 'No-one shall possess a fire-arm or fire-arms or a sword or swords', and very few exceptions are allowed.[3] Gun ownership is minuscule, and so is gun crime. As gun crime in other nations increases, many advocates of gun control urge that Japan's gun control policy be imitated.[4]

But before other nations, particularly the United States, decide that Japanese-style gun control is the magic elixir for the disease of gun violence, it is necessary to understand more fully what Japanese gun control is. Exactly what kinds of controls on guns are imposed by the police? How do the controls fit into the context of the overall relationship between the people and the Government? How has Japan...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; History; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; gunconfiscation; guncontrol; japan; secondamendment
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To: real saxophonist

How so?

41 posted on 02/04/2013 5:19:33 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Keith Brown
The Japanese lie on their crime stats....

That is not all they lie about. And they do it so smoothly. Obfuscation is their stock in trade. Never ever trust a Japanese manager to tell you the truth about their manufacturing operations, their metrics or their systems. Almost down to what is is. They also drink to excess frequently. I could go on and on. Talking about Japanese from Japan not Americans of Japanese descent.

42 posted on 02/04/2013 5:58:32 PM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: jmacusa
Point of fact is the average Jap can’t own a samurai sword. Haven’t been able to do since 1945.

Interesting. I did not know that. I'm going to assume that it was the American command that forbade them from having weapons of war? Makes sense when you've just defeated great cost.
43 posted on 02/04/2013 8:44:31 PM PST by fr_freak
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Yes, it was one of the conditions of the surrender. Mac Arthur, who pretty much wrote the Japanese constitution stipulated not only samurai swords except for ceremonial purposes but many other. things as well. I sometimes wonder if he did that for the hundreds, if not thousands of American soldiers put to death by that thing. Fire arms trump every thing but that bloody sword is in a league all it’s own. It’s the Tiger Tank in the world of swords. It is also the epitome of the samurai, sworn and honor bound to fight and die for the emperor. Mac Arthur also implemented changes revamping the politics of the state, free speech a free press and turning the Japanese Navy to a coastal defense force and the once Imperial Japan Army to a self-defense force incapable of conducting offense war out side it’s borders .

44 posted on 02/04/2013 10:14:14 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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They are a “self defense” force in name only. They have quietly built carriers, bought aerial refuelers and built up their forces. They have an offensive capability on par with other nations that are not restricted. They also have a decent fleet of diesel subs.

Check out their “destroyers”, they are actually USN crusiser size.

USN Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile cruiser,full load 9600 tons

JMSDF Kongo Class “Destroyer”, full load 9500 tons

Both have basically the same equipment as they use US weapons systems.

Last time I checked the Japanese can project force 1000 miles from the homeland. That aint too shabby.

45 posted on 02/05/2013 6:17:37 AM PST by USAF80
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To: USAF80

I didn’t know that. They must be worried about China.

46 posted on 02/05/2013 11:51:10 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

China is a concern plus they don’t know what the US will do in the area. The “self defense” posture was just to appease all the other countries in the area that they ran over during WW2.

Japan is one big factory so they have a large fleet of merchant shipping and shipping lanes they have to protect in the event of any hostilities.

They currently have four helicopter carriers, 19,000 tons

These can easily be converted for fixed wing and they will be buying the F35 which comes in a short take off model. Perfect to operate off a small deck carrier. These will replace the Marines Harriers.

They have underway replenishment for the fleet.

The Air Self Defense Force (air force) has four 767 tankers and they have un-modified their F4s to take on fuel in flight(air refuel doors were welded shut). The F15 and F2 (local flavor F16) are air refuel capable.

They also have four E767 AWACS, airborne radar to complement the older E2s.

They have two new airframes flying. One cargo, looks like a twin engined C141, and one to replace their P3s. We are still messing around with that one, the P8.

Their main battle tank is on par with the M1 and Leopard 2. Same gun. They also have the ability to coordinate attacks so that all tanks can hit a single target.

They have space launch capability.

If they go head to head with a lot of countries they will be able to hold their own. They are equal to the what is left of the Brits forces except the Brits have the advantage in having nukes and nuke subs.

47 posted on 02/05/2013 12:36:13 PM PST by USAF80
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To: Army Air Corps
Mainly cultural and sexual things. She did not have anything nice to say about Japanese men.

24 years old, never drove a car. So we went out in the county and I let her drive my car for a while. Kept having to slow her down.

Took her to see the Thunderbirds at Moody AFB, that was cool for me and her.

Stuff like that.

48 posted on 02/08/2013 4:49:23 AM PST by real saxophonist
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49 posted on 02/09/2013 1:23:15 PM PST by real saxophonist (You can't take the sky from me)
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