They do things a little differently in Japan. Now that we've qualified for the Understatement Of The Year award, allow us to elaborate. Here in the United States, banks rely on privately-contracted security services to move large quantities of money from one secure location to another. These armed guards roll around our cities in the urban equivalent of wheeled tanks, complete with heavy armor, tires that can't be flattened and enough bulletproof glass to make the president seriously consider trading in The Beast for something with a little more flair.

That's not the case in Japan. In that neck of the woods, banks ferry their cash about in what look like unarmored, clearly marked vans. Crewing these decidedly less tactical vehicles is apparently a pair of guards, each armed with nothing more than a helmet, a whistle and a baton. But what these guys lack in gear they make up for in preparation. Before both men can enter the vehicle, one must make a full walk-around to ensure no one is waiting to pounce on the van. In addition, before any money is brought out into the light of day, it's not uncommon for one or both guards to make a thorough sweep of the surrounding area. Sound bizarre? Take a look at the video after the jump and see for yourself.



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      SteveM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Clearly you're also dealing with a culture that values honesty, integrity, and honor... perhaps more than some in the USA do. Good for them, if it works, don't fix it.
      Fazzster
      • 3 Years Ago
      1% crime rate = no need for armored car
        Robert Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        Totally different culture. In the 1950's in England , crime was very low and the Police, had only batons, whistles and bicycles,with the "Top Brass" having Jaguars and Rovers. The culture in England has become a lot more violent, so the Police have changed accordingly.
      V.P. Carter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Americans worship money and this is the reason for the crime rate being so high. Even the government worship money. Would love to live in Japan for the peace and mind and the cars.
        Fazzster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @V.P. Carter
        The term "Japan Inc." was not dubbed because of Japan's love for charity. It is ok to love money. The proof is in Japan's high standard of living. The best thing that ever happened to Japan was losing the war.
      digitalrefuse
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's dangerous to attempt to pick one aspect of two cultures and use it as a single point of comparison. This sort of comparison could lead to a lot of very incorrect assumptions about the two cultures. I work fairly closely with several team members in Japan for my job, and by and large I find them the most difficult culture to work with efficiently and understand. Keep in mind that I also work very closely with teams in Ireland, England, Poland, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, China, India, and just about every other industrialized nation. This isn't to say that the Japanese are inherently "wrong" or "bad" just different enough to cause a lot of friction when my very Western mindset is forced to interact with their very Eastern mindset. Japanese culture epitomizes the restrictive, heavily hierarchical structure common to Asian societies. It's a culture where the individual is expected to give up much of their freedoms in order to support the welfare of the group - whether it be family, work, municipality, or nation. It's a society where much is tolerated behind closed doors, but the appearance of any imperfection is not permitted in public. Contrast this with American culture - which epitomizes the more Western ethic of freedom of the individual - Sometimes at the cost of social, economic and political stability and order. If you look at the challenge of transporting large sums of money from place to place in both societies holistically, you can see that the problem needs very different solutions in both environments. The Japanese (telescopically) would never dream of committing a violent act in plain site in order to steal money from a bank - but trust me, theft happens in many other ways than just a grab-and-go heist at gunpoint...
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must be nice to have a low crime rate. Guns are easy to obtain in the US. I am also a NRA supporter, so don't hate!
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Crime rate may be low, but it is there. Ever heard of the Yakuza?
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frank
          It would be hilarious if all of Japan's 1% crime rate came from the Yakuza.
      mrokner
      • 3 Years Ago
      I work with Japanese quite frequently and even met a nice Japanese woman visiting family in Prague. They are very gracious, respectful, reserved people. The younger generation tends to adopt a bit more western ideals. But that doesn't make them any less kind. But it's like any other country: You should be respectful of their customs and try to learn and follow their culture.
      nattomethane
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bits from a this friend living there. 1) Reporter (his report) sounds like a just fresh from the airport. 2) Firearms are are rarely used in crimes (even in organized crime disputes). Most of the news related to guns here are (lethal) hunting accidents. Mos of the violent crimes are committed using white weapons (cold weapons, knives, swords..). Guns are practically banned and white weapons, because so many murder cases, strongly regulated ( survival knives can't be longer than 20 cm (?) . 3) Big money is taken with the help of some insider in most cases, usually from the store/office's safe. Sayonara.
      Charles
      • 3 Years Ago
      They eat fu cking whale meat.. they aren't that fu cking civalized.. and didn't these fu ckers kamakazi us.. c'mon.. wtf??
        Junkyard Willie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles
        People like you is the reason why America is so violent. Thank god Japanese is a complicated language to learn or else every dumb f*ck like yourself would flood out there looking for nothing but trouble thinking that you can take what ever you want, when you want.
      CrazySupDawg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'M GOING TO JAPAN WITH MY .22 to rob the **** out of those dumb ass japanese lol
      Jive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those two probably have crazy martial art skills. THEY are the concealed weapons.
        ThomasP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jive
        why the hell did this get down voted?! would you suggest that these 2 guards were given batons and not trained in how to wield them?!
      Junkyard Willie
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's because people in America are violent, greedy and obsessed with currency, especially the south.
        LukaszP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Junkyard Willie
        i totally agree, Asians especially Japanese nation have so much different mentality than the rest of the world.
        The Law
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Junkyard Willie
        Those boyz on Wall Street put the capital "G" in greed.
      Sugaki
      • 3 Years Ago
      I mean there's even lower hanging fruit in that in Japan, if you're talking robbery opportunities. Pachinko parlors have these pinball-like machines where you basically gamble for money (although it's technically legal). You get like 50-60-year old guys walking out of a parlor with a giant wad of cash literally in hand, maybe $5000. In the US that's asking to get jumped. In Japan it's unthinkable to get mugged. For example, whenever I leave stuff on the subway (beanie, umbrella, etc) in Japan, I'm 100% sure that it'll be waiting for me at the subway station the next day. It's just culturally a very different mindset.
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