A Japanese university student started shooting people with a crossbow around Takarazaku (between Kobe and Osaka) yesterday, killing three. Naturally, my first thought when things like this happen is "Fuck. What university?" and, more importantly, "Whose small seminar?"*
The good news, for me anyway, is that it wasn't my university. Which, more importantly, means not my small seminar. Given my university's thinking about these things, they still might ask me to give a warning to my seminar students to please not kill anyone. At least not with a crossbow. We'll see.
Upon further investigation, it appears the student in question limited his William Tell fan club to immediate family members. That's probably good news for his small seminar teacher as it means less "trouble" to society in general.
Interestingly, considering how strict Japan is about guns and swords,** this article says crossbows are not regulated.
https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020 ... women.html
* Which is another way of saying, "Who is going to have to take responsibility for this?"
** That's not to say there aren't any privately owned guns in Japan. If any of you saw my recent paragliding video, there is an active shooting range east (left) of the takeoff at the bottom of that mountain which we were warned not to fly over. But nobody ever said anything about fucking crossbows! (Ha! Ha!)
"Don't trust China. China is asshoe."