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Why Japan Has No Mass Shootings

This is how Japan remains to be one of the countries with the lowest rate of gun violence.

This year alone, we’ve heard so many cases of mass shooting not only in the United States but in different parts of the world. We are indeed living in scary times.

Those who have been closely observing the news, however, will likely notice one thing – there have been no reports of mass shootings in the country. While there have been incidents of violent killings and other crime, it is pretty evident that the country doesn’t have much problem when it comes to gun-related attacks.

So how exactly is this possible for Japan but not for many other countries across the globe? Well, it’s actually very simple.

Japan implements very strict gun-control laws.

Over the years, Japan has remained to be one of the safest countries in the world when it comes to gun violence. This is thanks to the strict laws implemented there. In fact, possessing, carrying, selling or buying firearms are extremely difficult in the country, according to a report.

Case in point, Shigeo Sugawa, adviser at the Technical Museum of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Ordnance School, explained the law is probably one of the strictest in the world. As if that was not enough, the laws often get revised as necessary – usually after studying reports of recent gun-related incidents or when there is tension escalation among gangsters.

The world can definitely learn a lesson or two from Japan.

Source: Vox

According to Japan Times, Japan’s gun control regulations “can be traced back to the Allied Occupation in the 1940s, when the Japanese government was ordered to collect and hand over all guns and swords that were owned or kept by members of the general public.”


In 1946, the government implemented an ordinance prohibiting citizens from possessing weapons, be it guns or swords. The same ordinance was later renewed in 1950 and then replaced with the strict Firearm and Sword Control Law come 1958. Succeeding revisions eventually made it even stricter.

Shotguns and air rifles are the only firearms you can legally purchase there.

Source: BBC

Presently, only licensed hunters are permitted to purchase shotguns – that is if they can comply with the requirements which include extensive background checks, mental tests, and drug tests. Moreover, hunting license has to be renewed every three years.

Acquiring a firearm is extremely difficult in Japan.

Sugawa said:

“In order to obtain a license, we have to go through a very strict screening process. (Police) even hear the opinions of our families and neighbors, which, I believe, is almost violation of human rights.

“It means that Japanese citizens basically have no rights to possess guns.”

Watch the video here for more details about Japan’s gun laws:

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81 Comments

  1. Don Don Bautista

    November 30, 2017 at 1:40 AM

    It only works for the japanese. Read the fine print

  2. Robjackie Harmic

    November 29, 2017 at 11:28 PM

    This is BULL SHIT !!!!!

  3. Don Don Bautista

    March 5, 2018 at 4:39 AM

    It only works for the japanese. Read the fine print

  4. Romeo Abarca

    November 29, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    If japan has lack of mass shooting, japan does has a mass rate of suicide!

  5. Paul Bradley

    November 29, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Who cares? We aren’t Japan and we don’t need more laws. What we need is harsher enforcement of current laws. Want to get rid of gun violence, make it a federal crime. Then you have to serve 80% of your time. Thus the bad people that break the law are not around to keep breaking it. Instead, we slap people on the wrist and say don’t do that again. There is a reason people don’t steal in the middle east. Do you want to loose a hand for someone’s wallet? Same principle can be applied to guns.

  6. Robjackie Harmic

    March 5, 2018 at 4:38 AM

    This is BULL SHIT !!!!!

  7. JC Atienza Villaplana

    November 29, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    SELF DISCIPLINE only

  8. Callistus Aloysius

    November 29, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    No comparison here. Japans history and the tenants it was based on are wholly different then the USA. The US was created in the forge of rebellion for the purposes of freedom. You can’t have freedom and personal responsibility if the Government runs everything. Guns keep the Government in check. Something that Europe should well know since virtually every country that gave up their right to bear arms also gave up their freedoms shortly after.

  9. Chris-Rhose Andrade

    November 29, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    All it took was a nuclear bomb to drop on they ass. Made them surrender and quit. Lol, But the world better watch out again on japan. I feel like “terminator, judgement day” myt start there. They are building robots that myt take over the world. Dont let them fool u. With the no guns policy. Lol, they currently lead the world in high tech inventions. And all we got is manny smh

  10. Romeo Abarca

    March 5, 2018 at 4:39 AM

    If japan has lack of mass shooting, japan does has a mass rate of suicide!

  11. Paul Bradley

    March 5, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    Who cares? We aren’t Japan and we don’t need more laws. What we need is harsher enforcement of current laws. Want to get rid of gun violence, make it a federal crime. Then you have to serve 80% of your time. Thus the bad people that break the law are not around to keep breaking it. Instead, we slap people on the wrist and say don’t do that again. There is a reason people don’t steal in the middle east. Do you want to loose a hand for someone’s wallet? Same principle can be applied to guns.

  12. Rick Schubrink

    November 29, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    I’m glad they don’t have guns! Has anyone ever read about when they did back in the 30’s and 40’s when they did?? They committed some of the worst crimes against humanity ever recorded!!! And I’m very grateful the Americans had guns!!

  13. Mariano Blanco

    November 29, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Japan has the highest Erectile Dysfunction that lead high suicide rate. .

  14. Romel Rivera

    November 29, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Saka walang mga gagong komunista or NPA

  15. Eric Chavez

    November 29, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    they dont use Guns, instead they uses samurais. they call it mass slashing^^

  16. Chikoy'n Pallo

    November 29, 2017 at 1:04 PM

    in ph??no gun no problem…

    u can buy anywhere with a very low price

  17. Guy Bermudez

    November 29, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Japan has the second highest suicide rate in the industrial world.

  18. Dave Dario

    November 29, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    People keep saying, Japan is like this, and America is like that… Dudes..

    America is a very big country, and you should know what I mean by that now.

  19. Additude Lam

    November 29, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    No mass shooting yup,mass killing do have

  20. Sanepedlav Tebg

    November 29, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    But they have high rates of suicides using tanto knives, samurais, cleavers to make some sushi out of your butt😳😳

  21. Tim Jackson

    November 29, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    NO MUSLIMS. NO EXCEPTIONS

  22. Lourlinie Quilla

    November 29, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Mant people got crazy show up how brave they are when they hv a gun. Why not search all the house and collect all guns. No need for guns to protect u. Use wristler police instead so evryone learn van learn judo karate. Its good for physucal and mental health.

  23. Hasmher Mael

    November 29, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Mass shootings are just typical events in the USA.

  24. Francis Dominique Dedumo

    November 29, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Today, Japan has been a role model for all countries. It’s Amazing that Japanese people have that kind of principle. Unlike America. American can do whatever they want without considering the consequences of their actions. Allowing policies that may harm people. Sorry Americans. Just my opinion, not my personal issues.

  25. Johnny Morton

    November 29, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    While there are exceptions to this most gun crime committed in America are committed be illegally scources guns so if the law that on books are enforced than less crime you don’t reduce shootings by taking away peaceful people’s guns

  26. Michael Buckley

    November 29, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Simple. they banned mosques and Islam. They banned the Koran also.

  27. Johnny Morton

    November 29, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    No we don’t need or deserve the laws Japan have it has to do with society as a whole in Japan and not the gun control

  28. Jerry Cotacte

    November 29, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Also in South Korea.

  29. JC Atienza Villaplana

    March 5, 2018 at 4:38 AM

    SELF DISCIPLINE only

  30. Johnny Morton

    November 29, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Japan also has very strict Muslim laws and very strict way of dealing with criminals the laws that America and canada would be sufficient if they would just enforce the law!

  31. Callistus Aloysius

    March 5, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    No comparison here. Japans history and the tenants it was based on are wholly different then the USA. The US was created in the forge of rebellion for the purposes of freedom. You can’t have freedom and personal responsibility if the Government runs everything. Guns keep the Government in check. Something that Europe should well know since virtually every country that gave up their right to bear arms also gave up their freedoms shortly after.

  32. Chris-Rhose Andrade

    March 5, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    All it took was a nuclear bomb to drop on they ass. Made them surrender and quit. Lol, But the world better watch out again on japan. I feel like “terminator, judgement day” myt start there. They are building robots that myt take over the world. Dont let them fool u. With the no guns policy. Lol, they currently lead the world in high tech inventions. And all we got is manny smh

  33. Rick Schubrink

    March 5, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    I’m glad they don’t have guns! Has anyone ever read about when they did back in the 30’s and 40’s when they did?? They committed some of the worst crimes against humanity ever recorded!!! And I’m very grateful the Americans had guns!!

  34. Mariano Blanco

    March 5, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    Japan has the highest Erectile Dysfunction that lead high suicide rate. .

  35. Romel Rivera

    March 5, 2018 at 4:39 AM

    Saka walang mga gagong komunista or NPA

  36. Eric Chavez

    March 5, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    they dont use Guns, instead they uses samurais. they call it mass slashing^^

  37. Chikoy'n Pallo

    March 5, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    in ph??no gun no problem…

    u can buy anywhere with a very low price

  38. Guy Bermudez

    March 5, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    Japan has the second highest suicide rate in the industrial world.

  39. Dave Dario

    March 5, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    People keep saying, Japan is like this, and America is like that… Dudes..

    America is a very big country, and you should know what I mean by that now.

  40. Additude Lam

    March 5, 2018 at 4:38 AM

    No mass shooting yup,mass killing do have

  41. Sanepedlav Tebg

    March 5, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    But they have high rates of suicides using tanto knives, samurais, cleavers to make some sushi out of your butt😳😳

  42. Tim Jackson

    March 5, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    NO MUSLIMS. NO EXCEPTIONS

  43. Lourlinie Quilla

    March 5, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    Mant people got crazy show up how brave they are when they hv a gun. Why not search all the house and collect all guns. No need for guns to protect u. Use wristler police instead so evryone learn van learn judo karate. Its good for physucal and mental health.

  44. Hasmher Mael

    March 5, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    Mass shootings are just typical events in the USA.

  45. Francis Dominique Dedumo

    March 5, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    Today, Japan has been a role model for all countries. It’s Amazing that Japanese people have that kind of principle. Unlike America. American can do whatever they want without considering the consequences of their actions. Allowing policies that may harm people. Sorry Americans. Just my opinion, not my personal issues.

  46. Johnny Morton

    March 5, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    While there are exceptions to this most gun crime committed in America are committed be illegally scources guns so if the law that on books are enforced than less crime you don’t reduce shootings by taking away peaceful people’s guns

  47. Michael Buckley

    March 5, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    Simple. they banned mosques and Islam. They banned the Koran also.

  48. Johnny Morton

    March 5, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    No we don’t need or deserve the laws Japan have it has to do with society as a whole in Japan and not the gun control

  49. Jerry Cotacte

    March 5, 2018 at 4:38 AM

    Also in South Korea.

  50. Johnny Morton

    March 5, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    Japan also has very strict Muslim laws and very strict way of dealing with criminals the laws that America and canada would be sufficient if they would just enforce the law!

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