No need to take this at face-value; you can, of course, search further. I share it to stimulate your looking into it further, not only as to Japan, but as to other nations.
1. You must attend an all-day ownership class, then pass a written test. Classes are offered 1x/month.
2. You must take and pass a shooting-range test.
3. You must go to hospital and be evaluated as to drug use and overall mental fitness.
4. You must file the results of these tests with the police.
5. You must pass a rigorous background check affirming you've no criminal record and have no association with extremist and criminal groups.
6. You must tell police where your firearms and ammunition are (separately) kept and locked.
7. The police will inspect your continuing home for continuing compliance and you will be re-tested every three years.
Japan is a nation of nearly 130,000,000 people and very rarely has more than ten gun-related deaths in any year. This suggests a serious move toward sense since the Second War when, as we know, Japan's culture was shot-through w governmental militarism and cultural sensibility. Nations can change when they see change as a societal interest.
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