Almost two decades after the introduction of women-only train carriages, female commuters in Japan are turning to technology to tackle molesters on packed rush-hour trains. The Tokyo metropolitan police department recorded almost cases of groping and other forms of harassment on trains and subways in the capital in Groping is a perennial problem on Japanese public transport, particularly on packed rush-hour trains, when identifying the culprit can be difficult. The potential sentence rises to 10 years if violence or threats are involved. The app was originally intended to warn vulnerable older people about financial scams and to provide safety information to parents and children.
'Be careful of gropers': Women, young girls face daily trauma of sexual assault on Tokyo trains
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Sexual assault of schoolgirls is commonplace on Japan's public transportation, but now more girls are speaking out. Tokyo, Japan - Tamaka Ogawa was about 10 years old when she was sexually assaulted for the first time. It was a public holiday and she was on the subway. A man standing behind her pulled down the band of her culottes and underwear, touched her bare bottom, then pressed himself against her.
Groped, Scared, Disgusted: Stories Of Dealing With Chikan In Japan
In light of the metoo movement making traction in Japan, we reached out to seven women who shared their first-hand accounts of dealing with assaults and harassment on Japan's rail system. They shared their stories hoping that it will help destigmatize the issue and bring it to the forefront of public discourse. In early April, a video of a foreign man groping a woman on a Tokyo train was shared around various online Japan communities and networks, inciting outrage and disbelief. Over the years, Japan has continued to try and find ways to fight the issue. More recently, a number of other anti-chikan initiatives have been put into place, including pervert branding stickers put into place by the Saitama Prefecture Police department, and popular warning badges, which were created by a year-old high school student.
Drawing on his own experiences, he recently created a thread that went viral on Twitter, with a series of bullet points containing advice on how to safely apprehend a chikan on a train and prevent them from groping again. It will be good if a female can help to care for the victim. Ask people around you to help. After reading, please be on alert for these things on a day-to-day basis. You may be the one to notice something happening first, or you may be asked to help someone.