This is a sad story and as a fellow educator in Japan my thoughts go out to her family and friends. However, I do believe there is more to come out about this story. I have talked about it in my blog article and made comments on a couple of details that have been mentioned by the media, but not questioned or investigated by reporters as of yet.The BBC has already put a story online entitled "Is Japan safe for foregners?". You don't have to read the article as I can give you an answer here. Yes it is! It's most likely safer than your home country (unless you live in Iceland or Scandinavia somewhere). Sure there is crime, but there is crime everywhere. I have never once felt threatened walking around in Japan, unlike numerous times back in England.
I agree - we focus on all the negatives in the media, but Japan is still a very safe country by any standards. It's the fear of crime in Japan that remains high, despite low actual crime.Public sleeping is common, people can leave their possessions alone for a long time (with some exceptions, of course), and murder is rare.
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