22 thoughts on “Don’t carry knives in Japan!

  1. JAB 619 says:

    Wow. I get annoyed with the restrictions where I live – and I still think we should have fewer restrictions on a free people – but Japan is super restricted. Honestly, as rich and ancient as the culture is I couldn't stand living there with those restrictions. Just for contrast:

    Of course different states in the United States have different laws, sometimes very different. Some states and/or cities have laws that make it pretty much impossible to legally carry a gun as a private citizen and some have laws that make it illegal to carry a knife with a blade over two or three inches long. Honestly, I wouldn't be able to stand living in those states, either.

    Just as an example of contrasting laws, I live in Tennessee. This state use to have a law that made it illegal to carry a knife with a blade over four inches. Balisongs and daggers were also prohibited for carry as were automatic (switchblade) knives. As of a few years ago, however, those restrictions were removed state wide and the law also says that cities cannot impose laws that are more restrictive than the state law. We can legally carry a fixed blade or folding knife with a blade of any length we choose – and I have seen no increase in reports of knife violence since those laws went into effect. There are some places that are still restricted for carrying a knife in Tennessee such as public schools, some government buildings, on airplanes and in certain parts of airports for instance. However, if I want to go to the store or walk down the street with my Mora Companion (looks just like the one you have in the video) I can legally do so without any 'justifying reason'.

    In Tennesse, people with a handgun carry permit can legally carry a handgun (or as many handguns as they want, really) in public – again, without any other 'justifying reason'. We rarely hear of people who are LEGALLY carrying a firearm being involved in an unjustified shooting (shooting to defend one's life or the life of another is justified in the eyes of the law.) Again, there are restrictions about carrying a firearm in some places with or without a permit and private businesses can post a sign prohibiting firearm carry on their property but if a person with a handgun carry permit wants to walk down a busy sidewalk with a small handgun in their pocket it is perfectly legal. Also, some states are more restrictive about obtaining a carry permit and some states are pretty restrictive about what guns you can even legally buy or own. Some are much less restrictive than Tennessee regarding the carry of a handgun, as well. In some states no permit is required to openly carry a handgun but a permit is required to carry a handgun concealed. In other states no permit is required to carry openly or concealed – if you don't have a criminal record that makes it illegal to own a handgun then, in those states, you can automatically legally carry a handgun. According to the state agency that issues handgun carry permits in Tennessee, there are currently over half a million (581,892) handgun carry permit holders in the state of Tennessee, alone and we don't see shootouts like the 'old west'.

  2. Randall Kelley says:

    I thought Japan had an "Enlightened Culture", I guess personal protection does not exist in Japan. My friend Kengi E. has a very expensive sword in a glass case in Kioto…Just saying!

  3. DoctorJ1337 says:

    This is surprising considering that, to my knowledge, Japan has a rich history of bladesmithing. I can understand some regulations but when you start banning scissors you might as well ban anything that's pointy.

  4. Daniel Wood says:

    Thanks for the information. It's a shame that the knife laws are so strict. I can understand the desire to do something to keep people safe, but I think the current laws there are overzealous.

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