- An interesting article about a transit-specific problem:
Tokyo survey reveals extent of groping
Tokyo - Nearly 64 per cent of Japanese women in their 20s and 30s
participating in a survey said they've been groped on trains, subways or at
transit stations in Tokyo, according to a news report Tuesday.
Groping has long been a problem on Tokyo's crowded commuter trains and
subways, particularly during rush hour.
In recent years "women only" cars have been used in December, when trains
are often packed with drunken male office workers on their way home from
Gropers can be imprisoned for up to seven years or fined the equivalent of
up to $600 (Canadian). But few victims report such crimes, either because
they are ashamed or because they do not think they will be taken seriously.
The survey by the Tokyo metropolitan government and railway operator JR East
showed that in most cases women fled or tried to stop the groper with a
rebuke, a slap, or by covering themselves with a bag. Some unable to act
simply endured the unwanted fondling, the national Yomiuri newspaper
Asked how officials could stop the groping, a majority of women polled
favoured dividing train cars by gender, according to the paper.
Tokyo and JR East officials questioned 632 women from the beginning of
November; 403 responded. As is customary with polls in Japan, no margin of
error was given.
Officials involved in the survey couldn't be reached for comment.