safety

Freakish Twitter video shows phone walking on its own, no human attached

“Don’t walk with your phone! …Oh, your phone is…Walking anyway…Um…Carry on.”
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Wakayama cop loses fully-loaded automatic handgun on the street while guarding PM

We all have our bad days at work, some worse than others.

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Major Japanese ramen chain’s logo confuses Honda cars’ AI

Although in the cars’ defense I never really knew what that logo was supposed to be either.

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Japan Railway doing away with train departure chimes in plan to stop dangerous mad dashes

Company is tired of people thinking the chime means “Feel free to knock people over if they’re standing between you and your train.”

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Shattered glass in Universal Studios Japan shows how much the theme park values safety

Entertainment may be the theme park’s core, but safety is of utmost importance.

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How safe is Japan? New interactive map reveals reports of crime around the country

Now you can find out if there are any upskirt photographers, bag-snatchers, swindlers, or burglars in your area.

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Tokyo taking a stand on walking up and down escalators

But are people willing to undo the long-running social custom of only standing on one side of an escalator?

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Tokyo disaster tip: How to make a diaper with just two items you have in your home

Disaster preparedness team’s tip could save your nostrils.

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Japanese custom of bowing to cars at crosswalks keeps locals safe, warms Internet’s hearts【Video】

Even people born and raised in famously polite Japan are amazed by Iwate Prefecture’s manners.

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“Pathway that will kill people who walk while using a smartphone” discovered in Japan

If you’re in this part of Nagoya, make sure you watch your step, not your screen.

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Tokyo police department’s disaster safety tip: How to make a lantern using a bottle of water

Bright idea could keep you safe if an earthquake or typhoon leaves you without electricity.

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New Japanese app bribes you with free coffee for putting down your smartphone when driving 【Vid】

If you’d like more coffee and fewer traffic accidents in your life, this safe driving app is for you.

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Chilling Japanese bullet train photo shows crew member with his feet up while driving

Yes, Japan’s Shinkansen is an amazingly stress-free way to get around the country, but that doesn’t mean the driver should be this relaxed.

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Japanese artist draws infographic of strategies learned in U.S. to survive a terrorist attack

It’s always good to be prepared for the worst.

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Tokyo may soon require bicyclists to strap on a helmet before getting on the road

After 11,000 bike accidents last year, the Tokyo metropolitan government is considering new safety regulations.

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Almost half of Japanese people hide when their doorbell rings — here’s why

Are people in Japan becoming more wary in their own homes?

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“Safety” voted Japan’s official kanji of 2015

After a year of taxes and a previous year of rings, “safety” is the word that resonates true in the hearts of Japanese in 2015.

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China’s Dynasty Warriors are here to remind Yokohama commuters how to behave

If you take a seat on the Yokohama subway next month don’t be surprised if a warlord from China’s Three Kingdoms period advises you on proper public transport behavior.

Wei leader Cao Cao showing you how to give up your seat, or legendary warrior Lu Bu advising you not to run onto trains are but two of the nine posters recently previewed online. Let’s take a look at them all!

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10 factors that make Japan a safe country

We’ve all heard about how safe Japan is. But unless you live here, you may not understand why Japan is considered so safe. The uninitiated may presume that safety is enforced through a rigid society that doesn’t allow freedom of expression, that Japanese people are too worried about losing face to commit a crime, or that the government comes down unnecessarily hard on people who step out of line. In reality, none of these rings true.

But we can’t deny that there’s one thing that Japan does better than anyone else. Join us after the jump for some insights and our own observations.

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Crazy-looking car is basically one giant airbag, will appear at Tokyo Motor Show next week

If you saw this car on the street, you’d half expect a comically large number of clowns to come piling out of it. But it turns out despite its Looney Tunes-esque look, there’s a noble—if somewhat bizarre—concept behind this new car from Toyoda Gosei.

This is the “Flesby,” a new concept car that Toyoda Gosei will display at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show next week, with the “concept” being essentially that the entire outer body of the car is one gigantic airbag. Let’s take a look.

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