Sohail Mirza, standing in for Peter.

How Japan deals with “Bad People”

Since guns are illegal in Japan, how do people defend themselves against knife-wielding hooligans? They use a sasumata, a way of telling the bad guy that you’d only touch them with a 10-foot pole… literally!


Now, Japan is the cheesiest place on Earth, but you have to respect a society with such high rates of social obedience, and such disapproval of public malfeasance. Contrast this to the United States where gun ownership is rampant, and crime rates orders of magnitude more frequent, despite (or because of?) the argument that guns protect people from other people with guns.

It may be unfair to compare the social environment of Japan to that of the United States, but there’s a lot to be said about a society that has matured the point where it can say, we don’t need guns to protect ourselves from each other.

Mad respec’, Japan, mad respec’.

Read all about the sasumata.

Credit: from digg.

Written by Sohail Mirza

December 14, 2007 at 12:48 am

Posted in Society

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