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Participants watch a rescue worker practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a dummy during a disaster drill at the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo on Thursday. Local residents and office workers held the drill to prepare for earthquakes, on the fourth anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. About 900 people participated in the exercises in the Roppongi Hills, according to officials. There was also a live demonstration by the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department. TV Asahi announcer Yukina Yamamoto served as the Fire Department Chief for the day.

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I assume he is going to use the mouth dam, but do they not teach Hands-Only CPR here? It's been widely adopted by many, many Red Crosses as an effective alternative for adults and teens.

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Hope they'd pay close attention and not end up saying Omoshiroso !

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I highly doubt any Japanese person would stop and perform CPR upon seeing a person collapse in front of them.

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I hope none of these 'participants' ever have to do CPR on me! The same goes for an AED. I was a surf lifesaver for twenty years and have certificates for CPR and first aid. I've also done AED training. The thing they forget to mention is, if you do CPR incorrectly or use an AED incorrectly you will kill the person.

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I also have CPR and first aid certification (though expired), and I've been to a few training sessions in Japan, and while I applaud the efforts of people to educatio and show others how its done, there really needs to be more options for intensive practice. Once you decide to step up and help a person in trouble you are responsible -- and if you don't know how to do it right and give up or screw up, it could be a life you are ending instead of saving.

Can't hurt to have a little show and tell, but again -- more intensive stuff. And let's get some better simulations going! it IS disaster training, after all. I remember one neighborhood training session they had at a junior highschool near me some years back, and which I joined. I asked if I could be one of the 'victims' but was told that it would just confuse other volunteers (to which I asked, but if the real thing happened that would be a factor, no?), and was led to the 'smokey tunnel' to cross through instead. Oh well.

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Right onagagamo. Years back, a salary man collapsed on the platform (JR Musashino Line, Kita Asaka Sta.) Everyone just kinda went about their own business and made no effort "at all" to assist the man. I yelled something like "Sumimasen! kyukyusha-kyukyusha!" (my japanese was worse bck then). I then gathered his belongings and monitored his shallow breathing until the EMT's showed up. Later, I was shocked again- how the average Japanese person responded (by doing little or nothing) on similar occasions elsewhere.

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Right onagagamo. Years back, a salary man collapsed on the platform (JR Musashino Line, Kita Asaka Sta.) Everyone just kinda went about their own business and made no effort "at all" to assist the man. I yelled something like "Sumimasen! kyukyusha-kyukyusha!" (my japanese was worse bck then). I then gathered his belongings and monitored his shallow breathing until the EMT's showed up. Later, I was shocked again- how the average Japanese person responded (by doing little or nothing) on similar occasions elsewhere.

Yep! TIJ! The land of 130 million strangers! Nobody wants to get involved! I've seen it many times in many different situations. Everything from train groping to street fights. Everybody just walks away.

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