Have you ever wondered why Japan is safe? Not only on matters of crime, but in general Japan brings an enormous sense of security to those who live in it. Even in spite of natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes, Japan manages to prepare for these events. Of course, not everything is 100%, but we can analyze what makes Japan a lot safer than many countries around the globe.
Don’t you think Japan is safe?
Before I criticize or imagine that I am saying too much good things and letting go of negative points! Read the topic of the article! The article is to speak what makes Japan safe! I’ll just talk about these things and keep in mind that not everything is 100% and there is something called relativity!
People tend to read things looking for disagreements or ways to criticize the subject. It is obvious that as in any country, Japan has crimes, bullying, sexual violence and many bad things that human beings are capable of doing.
But in my experience, nothing in Japan compares with the crime and violence rates in Brazil or even in Western countries like the United States. I myself had the chance to read several comments from Americans in Japan.
I’m not just talking about Brazil, but about first world countries where tourists who traveled to Japan were impressed to see drinks machines on the street. Some even questioned the Japanese how this was possible, the Japanese didn’t even understand the question.
When a Japanese man was asked how it is possible for young people not to vandalize, steal or buy drinks at vending machines, the answer was simple: "Because they know they shouldn’t." (although some minors buy beers in konbini).
Children around the world are taught what to do and what not to do, but unfortunately in most countries they are attracted to do what is wrong. This is a cultural difference that stands out in Japan, and that is undeniable!
The Japanese Mafia makes Japan safe
It seems like a kind of irony to this phrase, but it is really one of the points to highlight about the security of Japan. We know that in all countries there are criminals, but even though Japan has the largest Mafia in the world, it contributes to the country’s security.
The police coexist with Yakuza, unfortunately this means that some crimes end up not being solved or disclosed. But usually the yakuza don’t commit crimes against law-abiding citizens, in fact the yakuza he has appeared several times doing charities and saving people.
Usually the yakuza works by providing ’services’ that may not be considered desirable by the majority of society, but they are generally responsible for the security of various locations for a monthly fee.
Although they sometimes deal with things impolitely, perhaps even violently, you won't have any problems with the Yakuza unless you look. They will not break into your home to steal, nor will they rob you on the street.
Japan’s history collaborates for safety
Japan was not always a safe and peaceful country, throughout its history Japan has been filled with civil wars and international wars with a lot of violence of all kinds. Despite this, some things have resulted in Japan today.
Japan is a group of islands with 127 million inhabitants. Despite this, Japan’s 80% is uninhabitable because it is mountains and green fields. Which plays a large part of the population in large cities or small towns spread across the country.
Despite all this, there is no lack of space, cities are ghosts due to lack of residents, the Japanese apparently prefer to stay in big cities instead of the peaceful countryside. This puts many in Tokyo and Osaka living in small rooms.
Many of these rooms have fragile walls, some even made of paper. It has always been like this, since the time of the samurai, without bars, walls and fences. Usually the Japanese served in castles, lived together, thus learning to live together.
The danger presented in feudal Japan created social norms of education, honesty, non-confrontation and so on have become the reality of today. Even with Westernization, the culture of shame never left Japan.
No tolerance for wrong things
Japan does not tolerates drunks driving, drug use and does not even allow firearms. As long as the law is enforced, the numbers of people who do wrong things will be far less. Imagine a Brazil where all criminals caught are jailed for a long time ...
The fact that Japan is an island helps to protect against imports of drugs and firearms. Japan has a heavy and strong law, where throwing garbage on the street or driving drunk can result in imprisonment and a fine of 20,000 reais.
The fact that Japan does not tolerate wrong things makes society used to do the right thing! We all have a greater strength to do the wrong things, fortunately the law in Japan makes people think well before making mistakes.
Even those who insist on making mistakes do it in a light way, like sneaking around, stealing panties instead of raping girls and cheating for their own benefit. They know that if they are caught, they will suffer for strict Japanese penal system.
While some countries end up tolerating wrong things when they are done by celebrities or politicians. Japan even prevented famous people from entering Japan for their drug addictions. When a Japanese actress or singer is caught in a scandal they go on TV to apologize nationally and serve their sentence.
Even politicians resign their positions when they are caught committing theft, even if in very little quantity. The law is fulfilled! Everyone should know that immigration policy in Japan is very strict, making the country even safer.
Society makes Japan safe
Japan values teamwork! Although society is very individualistic, when it comes to working or developing things, that individuality leads to failure. Each fulfills its role and does what is defined, without trying to change, manage or accelerate. The gears of Japanese society tend to flow correctly.
We can see that in fulfilled commitments, they are never late, obey the rules and do as they are told. Japanese people take pleasure in doing what is right, even in a society where it is easier to do wrong.
As long as finding money without any identification and handing it over to the police would be abnormal in the West, the Japanese do! All of this is result of an education and culture taught at home and during student life.
The person who steals or commits crimes is stupid! The fact that Japan has 99% of the population literate, jobs left over, a stable economy and a high consumption power, means that people have no interest in committing crimes.
Everything in Japan is done to make our lives easier, the train stations, convenience stores, vending machines, service and support. The police are available at small posts called koban. There are even lost and found items at train stations.
Taxes are also well used in Japan! They are designed to protect the population with neat tracks, protection against disasters and means of security, even for the disabled. The fact is that Japan really cares about the safety of its population!
The relationship of influence and lifestyle with security
Japanese culture has a formal and polite language, there are not many slang of sexual connotation or bad words, and the ones that exist are rarely used in everyday conversations. Such a widespread vocabulary in Western culture negatively influences a person to do wrong things.
From my own experience, I believe that the media and things that people consume and live with are capable of influencing people's attitudes and thoughts. There is a big difference between western and eastern entertainment.
Western taste is based on violence, just look at the games and movies that are successful in the West. Of course, watching violent things does not turn anyone into a thug, but it does create a certain tolerance about it.
Japan is also the author of several works of action, but there is a great cultural bridge that separates them. The fact is that crimes happen because the conscience does not accuse before the error, letting the mind tolerate these things cause these results.
Where does so much aggression and lack of patience come from today? Brazilian for little thing already wants to fight. The Japanese, on the other hand, resolve problems with patience and without aggression, which results in fewer tragedies.
The cultural difference between the West and Japan in relation to the influence of things is really remarkable. Just walk the streets of Japan to notice! If you doubt what I'm talking about, just make a deep comparison between Japanese culture and Western culture.
Another thing I notice is that Japan is open to different opinions. No Japanese usually intrudes on the lives of others, nor does he even go out and ask about the lives of others. The Japanese follow the golden rule: They treat others as they would like to be treated.
Checklist - Things that make Japan safe
The article was full of texts, very explanatory and with a lot of personal opinion. Maybe you’re waiting for a summary of things that make Japan safe, so I decided to do the checklist below:
- Difficulty finding firearms;
- Culture of Shame;
- Culture of Humility;
- Culture of living in a group;
- Culture of effort;
- Few shameless criminals;
- High ticket for drunk driving;
- Few slang and expletives of sexual connotation;
- Difference in the type of entertainment chosen;
- The country's zero tolerance for drugs;
- Police stations throughout the city;
- Taught from a young age what they should or should not do;
- Low or zero unemployment rate;
- The country is economically stable;
- The cost of living for the Japanese is low;
- Surveillance cameras discourage crimes;
- Penal system discourages crimes;
- Location for lost and found at stations;
- Parking lots have guards;
- Strict immigration policy;
What do you think? Did you remember any other point? Did you detect anything in Japan that contributes to the country's security? Leave it in the comments and share this article with friends.