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Old 04-15-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Seattle-area, where the sun don't shine
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Japan is an example of why diversity isn't exactly great.

The Japanese value their race, culture, and homogeneous population.

And in doing so they've built a successful, first-world nation-state with a great educational and welfare system. (Socialist Scandinavia is another example similar to Japan... except that their crime rate has been rising due to the importation of a 'foreign element').

Europe, the U.S, and other countries should take a hint from Japan.
So, we should boot out everyone that's not native to whichever country?

Not saying I prefer diversity, but I just cannot see many countries having a homogenous population (or holding onto their homogenous population) in the world of today.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:14 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I have visited there growing up since I have relatives that live there, but I haven't been back in almost 10 years. From what I remember, it was a safe country where you didn't have to worry about crime as much as in the United States (especially in Atlanta where I grew up). Is that still the case today or has it changed since then?
I would think also that there is SOME variation as to WHERE in Japan. You're asking how safe is Japan (as in country) as opposed to a certain city (like Tokyo, etc). That's kind of like asking how safe is the U.S. and as I know as well as you, Atlanta is much worse than say, Omaha.

A very good friend of mine and his wife just came back from a couple of months in Japan and ranted about how safe they felt in most places. I do seem to remember them saying something about being in one neighborhood in Yokohama (?) where there were a couple of groups of rougher looking teens that made them uncomfortable and a local woman called them "troublemakers", but didn't elaborate as to what that exactly is in Japanese terms. Here of course (Atlanta) that would refer to a 14 year old who participates in home invasions.

They spent time in varied places there but liked the feel of Tokyo so much they did a loop and spent four additional days there before returning. If not for their age (early 60s) and the learning curve of learning a new language, he said they'd even consider moving there. I've known other people who have gone to Japan over the years as well and while I know there are some areas that do have SOME crime, overall yep, from their accounts at least it's much safer (especially compared to here in Atlanta, unfortunately).
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:18 AM
 
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Talking Okinawa

I'm not so sure about the mainland, but it's pretty much as safe as it can get here on Okinawa. I'm 18 and I've lived here for all my life minus 4 years (1 in California, 3 in New Jersey). It's always good to use common sense (don't walk through alleys at night off-base, stuff like that), of course. If you're on a military base, virtually nothing will happen to you even if you're out all by yourself in the middle of the night.

I've been to the smaller islands of the Ryukyu chain, and they're even better in regards to safety. No lie, during my summers on Miyako Island, we sleep with the windows completely open and I don't remember ever locking the house door or car doors.

I've heard the mainland is worse, but I guess that's to be expected when you have a larger population? I've only visited Tokyo, and I've caught glimpses of areas that are definitely shady looking.

It's going to be weird going to San Francisco. I heard the crime rate was pretty "impressive", as my friend puts it.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Sasebo, Japan
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I've lived in Sasebo for going on 4 years now.
MOST of the crimes are Military on Military involving alcohol, we still had one of the guys I work with steal a car, and 2 other kids do the same and one messed up some government property, and the 2 kids who went up to *** didn't have linsences and hit a japanese man.
There are the few bad seeds but it is pretty over publicized here, The japanese don't really publicize crime unless it has to do with the US Military.

But I think that it's going to be a weird adjustment going back to the states where it isn't safe to walk to the end of the ginza at 3 am, and as for my house out here, it's always unlocked. I don't live by any Americans or Military personnel, only Japanese Nationals so I have no reason to lock it, and the fact that not many people know where I leave.

Most the stuff that happens here is generally just fights because people are drunk and acting fools.
I've been out here for all the major stuff but at the same time, I was never around it, I knew most the people involved but Sasebo is a small area and still extremely safe.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Macao
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But I think that it's going to be a weird adjustment going back to the states where it isn't safe to walk to the end of the ginza at 3 am,
Yep, actually you can do that just as easily throughout most of Asia (with just a few exceptions). But most of the continent is very safe for being drunk and walking around at 3am.

I lived in Seoul for years, and you'd even have passed out drunk people littered the streets at 3am, women just as much as men.

It's a significant contrast compared to the U.S., or anywhere in the Americas for that matter.

Anyways, I'd say Japan is still the safest by a large margin, and South Korea is almost the same. Only where there is a lot of poverty, you MIGHT have someone trying to figure out a way to 'con' you - like in Southeast Asia. But violent crime against you, anywhere in Asia, is almost unheard of. (I mean particularly in contrast to the U.S.).
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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Anyways, I'd say Japan is still the safest by a large margin, and South Korea is almost the same.
i would also add hong kong and singapore to the safe list.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Crime in Japan has rised recently, mainly due to drunk foreigners who engage in fights, and also because of the increase of South American and Russian population
wait ... Japan has minority groups?
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Macao
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wait ... Japan has minority groups?
yes, and no.

They are certainly here though. Mostly Brazilians, Peruvians, Russians, Filipinos, and yeah, some Americans/Canadians/Aussies/etc. as well.

Basically not really different than most other places.

The big difference, as is similar throughout most of Asia/Middle East/etc....you just can't become Japanese from living in Japan, or even being born in Japan - unless you have some ethnic blood in there somewhere.
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:16 AM
 
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Well, after having lived here for 3 years, I can say that the only places in the Tokyo area that are considered even remotely dangerous (and by Japanese standards) are the nightlife districts of Roppongi and Shinjuku, more so the latter. Roppongi has been having issues with people getting their drinks spiked, and getting robbed that way, especially in bars run by Nigerian immigrants. Shinjuku's Kabukicho district has a lot of yakuza affiliated businesses.

Does anyone know of a good source of the total crime statistics of Tokyo, such as murder? I tried Googling it but could never find anything. The Japanese media does not publish it as the local American cities' papers do (at least not in English). I'm sure its ridiculously low, even lower than the safer American cities, but I'm just curious as to how they compare.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Milan - ITALY
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Hi! I was in Japan in 2005 and..as woman, I can confirm that Japen is safe; muche better then other places.
I recomment to live in Japan!
It's very incredible place and the women, are wonderful!
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