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Victims of crime are often helpless on their own when it happens. People need to practice calling for help loudly and instantly, even if they have a mask on, from a very young age.

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Mamoru Tomita, head of Chiba Prefectural Police station's administration division. Police recently held a training session for young children to practice loudly screaming for help even while wearing masks.

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Its good to know that criminals and victims of crime can adapt to this permanently masked society.

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Yell all you want. The average Taro will mutter "Kankeinai" and keep walking.

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It's good to teach kids to scream loudly for help. But you will also need to teach adults to intervene. And we need a proper right to personal and communal self-defence baked into law, so that people can lash out as best they can at those attacking them and others, without fear of legal consequences.

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And we need a proper right to personal and communal self-defense baked into law, so that people can lash out as best they can at those attacking them and others, without fear of legal consequences.

This right here!

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Sweet lord, if a mask is obstructing you from screaming, the universe gives you permission in that one case to take it off, okay?

Two more things we need: Not just to scream out for help when we are victims, but when others are the victims of crime as well if we are not enough to help and are also at risk if/when we do. FAR too often we hear cases where someone was a victim in a public place, or is a neighbor of the victim(s), and who is incredibly eager to talk to the press after there's a corpse, but were too scared to do anything until then, like the people who allowed a woman to be dragged off and raped in a shinkansen toilet and just pretended to be asleep, or neighbors who always say, "I heard shouting and hitting, and saw the poor emaciated children daily, and was so worried for them -- oh, please don't show my face here!". So, train them to scream for themselves, and to do so for others who may not be able to.

And, as a poster said above, we need to be able to defend ourselves without fear of legal reprisal even though not doing anything could have meant our life being over. This goes doubly for foreigners; we should not face the risk of being deported if we take down an attacker.

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you will also need to teach adults to intervene

As a foreigner or a non-asian naturalised citizen like yours truly. You should never ever get involved in a crime in Japan even if trying to help, the system is rigged against you and the criminal will always win. Advice from my lawyer: turn a blind eye and mind your own business unless the victim is a family member or a close friend.

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You need to be teaching the public to intervene.

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As a foreigner or a non-asian naturalised citizen like yours truly. You should never ever get involved in a crime in Japan even if trying to help, the system is rigged against you and the criminal will always win. Advice from my lawyer: turn a blind eye and mind your own business unless the victim is a family member or a close friend.

Correct. If you are not Japanese, or Asian, do not intervene. You will be blamed and scammed for money by Japans rigged system.

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