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Japan is safer than other countries, and people tend to let their guard down and think, ‘There’s no way I’ll be assaulted.’ But that’s a big mistake.

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Miwa Matsumoto, 30, the operator of the With Courage (http://withcourage.net), an Internet-based “self-defense select shop for women, and a certified security system expert. (Yomiuri Shimbun)

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According to that list that came out Japan is the nine safest place on earth. I can see why people would let their guards down.

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Well, of course he says that. He has something to sell to you.

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A friend's wife did one of these 'self-defense' classes, and was telling everyone about it. When they were walking down the street with the family, his brother suddenly grabbed her from behind, and she just froze, then screamed, I wasn't ready!

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Japan is safer than other countries,

I don't know about that. If I had a daughter I would be more worried about her riding the trains here than shall we say in canada...gropers, upskirt photo pervs.

and people tend to let their guard down and think, ‘There’s no way I’ll be assaulted.’ But that’s a big mistake

Yes it is a very big mistake.

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It is super safe. If you think Canada is better, check the stats. You would be very surprised.

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We are told 24x7xlife time that everything is safe in Japan...and that one word Daijobu will make Miwa Mtsumoto's job very difficult.

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There actually was a time when crime was something that no one feared, talked about or knew. Unfortunately in this day and age it doesn't matter what country you live in, you can get raped, assaulted etc. Be careful there are bad people everywhere. There are basic things you can do to stay safe everyday especially when you go out, travel etc. Avoid prolonged eye contact because that can be considered disrespectful as most of us already know and in some cases invite aggressive behavior from strangers. As annoying is that eye contact ensures street buskers will pester you. The bottom line is to look and act confident, be alert, use common sense. Always stride along like you know where you are going. Don't slink, glancing furtively around. Last of all learn the local rules especially when you travel overseas.

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No harm learning how to defend yourself and being on your guard at all.

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It is super safe. If you think Canada is better, check the stats. You would be very surprised.

Bearing in mind the number of rapes, domestic violence, sexual harassment in the workplace in Japan are under reported- you can make the stats prove anything you want.

I'll take Canada over Japan any day.

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