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Whenever you read about random knife attacks in public places, does it make you more attentive to what people around you are doing when you are walking along the street, waiting on train platforms or shopping?

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No. I drive.

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Having been to Iraq three times and once to Afghanistan, it doesn’t matter WHAT you’re doing.....I notice you.

War is crazy, it'll make anyone defensive and paranoid.

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Having been to Iraq three times and once to Afghanistan, it doesn’t matter WHAT you’re doing.....I notice you.

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Stupid boorish panic-mongers have sown fear and hysteria in America for so many years, leading to immature and insecure people carrying guns on them, thinking it'll protect them and that the guns make them macho, smart, cool. It doesn't. It just makes them obnoxious troublemakers - looking for trouble and looking to start it.

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Two decades in Japan made me overly complacent. I took a vacation to Italy and drastically increased my awareness of people in public places. I kept it up after I got back to Japan. It is amazing, really - entire train cars and platforms where nearly everyone staring at their phones, oblivious to the rest of the world.

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I still see about the same number of zombies wandering around oblivious to everything around them...

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Nope. But then I have a basic grasp of statistical relevance, and can keep in mind how incredibly rare knife attacks actually are in Japan compared to the huge population.

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when too many times you have drunk oyaji attempt to grab your junk you tend to develop a bit of situational awareness

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It's a shame that in today's society there is always some paranoia in public, not just in Japan. However, I will make a comparison to other countries. In other countries you can tell quite easily who is going to give you trouble, but this is much more difficult in Japan due to the many strange behaviors that are so common among Japanese people. Talking to yourself and rehearsing business meetings are very common. Then, there are the completely loopy ones that run through trains yelling at people. And, what's with mirrors in Japan? I am yet to see a Japanese person walk past a mirror or a window without checking themselves out in the reflection. That's just weird!

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There's a huge amount of space between being attentive (situational awareness) and paranoid (thinking everyone is a potential threat, not going out after dark, walking vs train, etc).

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I guess since I wasn't born in Japan I grew up with habit of being "street wise" just to survive. I have been attacked several times which required hospital treatment. I am watching what is going on around me and who is around me and thinking which is the best exit in case of an emergency but never in any paranoid kind of way cause we still have to be relaxed and enjoy the life.

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Not any more than usual. I'm still being careful because I live in a big city, but that's it.

I am much more afraid of bad drivers than of being randomly attacked !

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No, reading about these things doesn't make me watch closer. I am already somewhat aware of my surroundings, but the fact is the likelihood of this happening to you in any country is quite remote. In Japan, it's almost nil. If you are spending your day in a state of heightened fear based on the news you are reading, you should probably stop reading the news. Those high cortisol levels are NOT healthy for you, and due to the extremely remote likelihood of this happening, are hurting your life without providing the balancing benefit.

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No, b/c I grew up in a big American city during the late '80s, the most violent period in US history. So, I'm always aware of my surroundings. On train platforms, in parking lots, on the street. I see loopy looking characters long before they see me. Frankly, I'm more worried about some oldster mistaking his pedals than I am about violence.

And frankly, setting aside sexual assault, when was the last time a Westerner was randomly attacked in Japan? I don't recall a single time in my 13 years. The crazies are out there and I feel for their Japanese victims but there's no compelling reason to surrender to fearmongering.

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Yep. And I am especially careful when waiting for a train. Always check behind me for dodgy looking dudes.

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If it did, I'd probably never leave home.

Whilst it may seem like there's a lot of knife crime about, it is still not commonplace.

Living in constant fear or paranoia isn't a good frame of mind to be in.

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Definitely. Plus I always keep an eye on any strung out looking guys wandering aimlessly in public places with their hands hidden

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