Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. What is the secret?
If you want to buy a gun in Japan you need patience and determination. You have to attend an all-day class, take a written exam and pass a shooting-range test with a mark of at least 95%.
There are also mental health and drugs tests. Your criminal record is checked and police look for links to extremist groups. Then they check your relatives too – and even your work colleagues. And as well as having the power to deny gun licences, police also have sweeping powers to search and seize weapons.
That’s not all. Handguns are banned outright. Only shotguns and air rifles are allowed.
I – Word Understanding
Sweeping powers – having powers over wide range of area
II – Have Your Say
1. Share your knowledge on the history of gun and other weapons in Japan.
2. Who own guns in Japan?
3. How do you think Japan can keep its gun control?
4. The US has high rate of gun deaths and other crimes. Do you think gun control can lower down crime rate?