Japan has almost completely eliminated gun deaths — here's how – Yahoo Finance

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  • Japan is a country of more than 127 million people, but it rarely sees more than 10 gun deaths a year.
  • Culture is one reason for the low rate, but gun control is a major one, too.
  • Japan has a long list of tests that applicants must pass before gaining access to a small pool of guns. 

    Gun control discussions crop up every time there is a national shooting, the most recent of which being the October 1st mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which a gunman, perched in his hotel room, began shooting at an outdoor concert, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

    One of the biggest questions: How does the US prevent this from happening over and over again?

    Although the US has no exact counterpart elsewhere in the world, some countries have taken steps that can provide a window into what successful gun control looks like. Japan, a country of 127 million people and yearly gun deaths rarely totaling higher than 10, is one such country.

    “Ever since guns entered the country, Japan has always had strict gun laws,” Iain Overton, executive director of Action on Armed Violence, a British advocacy group, told the BBC. “They are the first nation to impose gun laws in the whole world, and I think it laid down a bedrock saying that guns really don’t play a part in civilian society.”

    Regulations upon regulations

    Japan’s success in curbing gun deaths is intimately linked with its history. Following World War II, pacifism emerged as one of the dominant philosophies in the country. Police only started carrying firearms after American troops made them, in 1946, for the sake of security. It’s also written into Japanese law, as of 1958, that “no person shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords.”

    Government has since

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