Japan is one of the safest places on the planet. Street crime is almost non-existent and the nation’s murder rate is the third lowest in the world. The murder statistic is quite amazing, considering the combined population of the two countries with lower homicide rates, Monaco and Palau, is around 60,000, compared to Japan’s 120 million residents. Heck, even the notorious Yakuza throws an annual kids’ Halloween party.
In spite of the track record of safety, an advertisement for two weird, non-lethal weapons has been circulating throughout Japan. We’ll warn you right off the bat that these weapons border on the cusp of being Chindōgu, which helps increase their appeal. For those unfamiliar, Chindōgu refers to inventions that, while solving a problem, are too impractical to be worthwhile. With that said, meet the Super Talon Ultra Net Launcher Kit, better known as the Suitcase of Boom.
Contained within the metal suitcase are two weapons, the more impressive of the two being a net gun. Roughly the size of a large flashlight, the launcher has a button on the top of the handle. When the button is pressed, a large net shoots out of the gun, engulfing any would-be-assailants. The net will ensnare an enemy up to twelve feet away. As the video suggests, the best way to stop the attacker is to capture him or her with multiple nets.
Each net gun comes with two attachments. One allows the user to reel in the net, like some sort of giant fisherman, while the other attachment does not have a crank. If you’re to believe the video, this version can be wrapped around a fence or gate to prevent the assailant from following you or escaping before the police arrive with their ‘riot forks.’
Also contained in the Suitcase of Boom is another non-lethal weapon. This hand-held device launches gel at an attacker up to 80 feet away and contains a mace-like compound that burns the skin and eyes. Once you’ve gotten the attacker on the run, the liquid launcher can also shoot a special gel that glows under UV lights. The idea is that you can mark the person who attacked you and the police will be able to track him/her down using the glowing gel.
Such large, ungainly weapons are unlikely to catch on anytime soon, especially with a $2,000 price tag. Certainly, pepper spray is a more practical and cheaper alternative. Plus, one wonders how effective these non-lethal weapons would be against Japan’s greatest threat to personal safety, ninjas who attack distracted mobile phone users.