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

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Where I was grown up, life teached me to be always aware of what is going around me.

And even I feel very very safe in Japan my attention what is going on around me is always 100% on focus.

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Never give your back to people on trains.

Stay standing and backs glued to the wall. If anyone has a knife, cover your hands / arms with a coat or shirt if you have no option but fighting for your life.

Buy a foldable iron rod for self-defense.

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I try to always remain aware as to what (and who) is going on around me.

True story:

During the general election prior to this one, did Edano come and do a speech in our town (Urayasu-shi, Chiba).

I did go to see him and quite a few people showed up. I quickly noticed the SPs in the crowd (they were not in plainclothes, all had earphones and were constantly scanning the public). Not sure other people in the public noticed although their presence was meant to be obvious.

I also did noticed a guy who seemed somehow restless moving somehow around the crowd and so did the SPs. They started closing in and, without drama, built a wall between the guy and other members of the public. After the speech, members of the public could shake hands with Edano, the guy was constantly surrounded and never managed to get any closer to him with the SPs making him "lose his opportunity to shake hand" in a very smooth fashion.

I am 100% sure that I was the only person in the public who noticed the whole scene (while keeping a secure distance from the guy (and the SPs) myself.

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When in a rough area, I am particularly aware, otherwise no. My chances of a violent attack are less than me being hit by a texting driver. Living life is fear due to too much media consumption is a sad thing

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Always aware, but things happen when I least expect or when my mind is on something else more pressing. Situations like the recent news renews the necessity to be more attentive in public.

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I never stand at the edge of the platform at train stations in case there is a pusher lurking behind me. On train, most people (including me) are usually engrossed in their cell phones, listening to music or dozing, so they would be oblivious to an attack until it happens.

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I went to college in West Philly, best street education you can get. Keep your eyes and ears open and use common sense. Walking with music and staring at a smart phone makes you an easy target.

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I lived in Latin America where life is cheap for a while, so even before the knife attacks became a trend among the mentally unfit I was already overly alert when in public.

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@Reckless,

I hope you weren't located near the Kensington area of the city.

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No, 43rd and Chestnut area. Crime was pretty bad if you were careless. Much worse for women. 3 criminal targets were money, sex and drugs. Random crime like stabbing people for no particular reason is not something I ever heard of there.

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It used to be nothing happened to you except time-consuming journey back home even if one gets dead drunk after work and taken to the last stop in the train like Keio line, Chuo line

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Doesn’t make much sense. First, Japan is still very safe compared to most other places in the world. Second, you cannot avoid all potential attacks, only the ones while you are attentive and even then it’s still sometimes turning very deadly or dangerous. So the full price would be permanent 24h attentiveness, making your life quality very decreased and you into a similar weird psycho.

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Being from LA and Germany, I just grew up with an awareness sense, I am always vigilant about my surroundings, and I have been in fights in both countries and as someone who trains regularly since the age of eight years old, I can say this, knife fighting is just the worst and I don't care how skilled or how well-trained you are, you want to avoid knife fightings at all cost. If you see someone with a knife, run, turn around, and don't act like a hero. I am not so worried about any altercations or that someone has a knife, it's possible but more or less unlikely. Most people don't mess with me, I look a bit intimidating and that helps to ward off most idiot attackers but you just never know. Also, never put yourself in a compromising position where you would have to engage in some violent altercation.

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You grow up in the UK you are aware of who is around you, walking towards you, fast footsteps, vehicles approaching, or groups of youths. It's part of life.

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While I am aware of my surroundings, it is not because I think the person next to me is about to start a random knife attack.

Never give your back to people on trains.

Stay standing and backs glued to the wall.

Buy a foldable iron rod for self-defense.

Rather extreme for Japan. These attacks are incredibly rare.

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I never think about that kind of thing. Thinking and worrying about it just makes the terrorists win. I'm 6'2, 230 lbs. If some Japanese pip squeak wants to try something I'm not going to run away.

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I'm 6'2, 230 lbs. If some Japanese pip squeak wants to try something I'm not going to run away.

I'm of roughly similar proportion. If some Japanese pipsqueak pulls a gun I'm going to run like someone tried to stick a habanero up my butt.

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Makes me think how to react if I saw guy knife on a train (or now an alw). Makes me imagine that if I had my heavy magnesium alloy DSLR in hand at the moment, to aim for the head and pin that guy down

About two decades ago I was working at a restaurant and my coworkers got massacred, just after I left the restaurant. Two months later three different guys tried breaking in again and they had to crawl out, as we threw everything at them. Glass beer mugs, plates, trays and my kitchen manager, who previously was a bouncer.

So yeah, the recent knife attacks get me into that mood again.

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These days, whether walking on the street or sitting on the train, everybody has their head down looking at their phone. People have zero self awareness of anything around them

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I'm 6'2, 230 lbs. If some Japanese pip squeak wants to try something I'm not going to run away.

Ideal country for big guys to live safe

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Oh, wow. I can rest assured that some macho hero guy is going to save my sorry posterior on the train.

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Look like prey, get preyed on.

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Another wacko lit up a Shinkansen in Kyoto before. Was on the news. Be sure of your surroundings.

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I'm 6'2, 230 lbs. If some Japanese pip squeak wants to try something I'm not going to run away.

Ideal country for big guys to live safe

Unless you are just fat, sure you would not runaway from a few Japanese pip squeaks together

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I never think about that kind of thing. Thinking and worrying about it just makes the terrorists win. I'm 6'2, 230 lbs. If some Japanese pip squeak wants to try something I'm not going to run away.

I didn't grow up like that, I would never run away from anyone or anything and if you pull a gun on me, you better use it, I just grew up in a slight rough environment and it's not about being tough or a hero, but I'm not a punk either and that is pretty much what really kept me safe just not allowing myself to be jarred by anyone, but as I said, when you have a knife I am more careful and cautious, I just hate them with a passion.

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No, but I'm already pretty attentive on the streets, and always attentive on the train platforms.

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