Martial arts and futons: how the Japanese police confront violence
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Wrapping people in futons: how the Japanese police confront violence

Japan has virtually eradicated gun crime. Among the biggest contributors to low levels of gun violence are the police, who prefer to rely on their skills in martial arts - and futon rolling - rather than using weapons.

"The first instinct is not to reach for a gun - what most Japanese police will do is to get huge futons and essentially roll up the person who is being violent or drunk into a little burrito and carry them back to the station and calm them down. The response to violence is never violence - it is to de-escalate," says journalist Anthony Berteaux.

  • 06 Jan 2017