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Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. What is the secret? If you want to buy a gun in Japan you need patience and determination. You have to attend an all-day class, take a written exam and pass a shooting-range test with a mark of at least 95%. There are also mental health and drugs tests. Your criminal record is checked and police look for links to extremist groups. Then they check your relatives too - and even your work colleagues. And as well as having the power to deny gun licences, poli
A video has been released online purporting to show the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants. The video comes less than a week after news of the beheading of another Japanese man, Haruna Yukawa. Mr Goto, 47, is a well-known freelance journalist and film-maker who went to Syria in October, reportedly to try to secure Mr Yukawa's release. Japan said it was trying to authenticate the video. The video, which bears the same symbols as previous IS videos, shows a militant with a British accent beheading Mr Goto. Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Japan