Of course you'd be an idiot not to learn at least the essential facts. Especially for the first time visiting a foreign country. Safety first, right.
Australians in Japan are advised to be alert to their own security. As you would in Australia, use common sense and be alert to suspicious activities.That's the latest advice for Japan from our Department of Foreign Affairs. Hanging around in certain places with certain friends here in Melbourne recently, I've seen lots of suspicious activities happening right before me... Cool, now I'm excited as to what kind of suspicious activities go down in Japan!
The question is, where do you draw the line? How much research is getting to the point where you are not surprised by anything you experience? On the other hand, how much information must you gather otherwise you'll miss the greatest experiences to be experienced at your destination?