Secretary of State John Kerry Says Foreign Students Scared of U.S. Because of Guns (Video)


During a CNN interview in Tokyo, Japan about recent tensions with North Korea, CNN's Jill Dougherty asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about other countries' views of the gun control debate in America (video below).

“We had an interesting discussion about why fewer students are coming to, particularly from Japan, to study in the United States, and one of the responses I got from our officials from conversations with parents here is that they’re actually scared,” said Kerry. “They think they’re not safe in the United States and so they don’t come.”

Kerry added that Japanese officials believe that Japan is safer for students because of restrictive gun laws.

According to, of the 582 homicides in Japan in 2008, only 11 murders were by guns. The right to private gun ownership in Japan is not guaranteed. People who want a gun have to obtain a license and demonstrate a reason for owning the weapon.

Sources: CNN and


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