General Safety

The Kumamoto Prefecture and City PAs along with the help of CIRs have prepared a comprehensive general safety guide. Feel free to access it here.

Emergency Contact Information

AJET Peer Support Group050-5534-5566  (8pm – 7am)
Kumamoto Prefecture International
Affairs Division (CIR PA’s office)
Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education- Compulsory Education Division (ALT PA’s office)096-333-2705

Personal Safety
In general Japan is a very safe country. The occurrence of crime and violent crime is comparatively low and most enjoy a feeling of security and safety during their stay in Japan. However, crimes do occur so remember to do simple things like locking your doors on your home and car, avoid walking alone at night, and generally be aware of your surroundings. Do not neglect your personal items while in public.

Self Defense

Knife and Gun restrictions
The Japanese Firearms and Swords Control Law begins by stating, “No one shall possess a fire-arm or fire-arms or a sword or swords,” and very few exceptions are allowed. Possession of a sword is legal if it has artistic value and is registered. Possessing any fixed-blade knife, dagger, or spear with an overall blade length exceeding 15 cm (about 5.9 in), or any double-edged knife or pocket knife with a blade exceeding 5.5 cm (about 2.2 in) requires permission from the prefectural public safety commission. Carrying anything with a blade over 6 cm is prohibited. Personal protection or “it’s handy to have” are not valid reasons for carrying even legal pocket or other knives. Though it’s best to avoid carrying any knives at all, if you do have a valid reason to carry a knife it must be concealed and should not be easily available. Violations of these laws can come with sentences measured in years and fines of upwards of 300,000 yen.

Other Safety Items
You may carry an alarm buzzer. Available at the police station and hardware stores for approximately 1000 yen.

What to do in cases of stalking or harassment

  1. Notify your BOE and Tantosha of the situation.
  2. Notify local police if necessary.
  3. Document EVERYTHING, take photos, make notes, save letters or emails or phone messages to give to assist police in an investigation if necessary.

If you are unsure or have any questions don’t hesitate to contact a PA.