I have a table saw too, something that I would find difficult to do without as indeed I would my fingers! All power tools are potentially dangerous regardless of which they are, always study the instructions and follow them to the letter would be my advice here. Golden rules keep your fingers at least 6" away from a rotating blade, don't wear loose clothing and tie back long hair! Disconnect from the power supply as soon as you have finished using the tool, never use any tool you are not confident with or doubt it's safety.
Power tools are generally the same the major difference is with hand tools.
Saws cut on the pull stroke which offers some considerable advantages, western style saws require thicker blades to resist bending as you push. Fineness of cut and accuracy is in my opinion, better with Japanese saws.