Japan is reporting a big increase in sex assaults on their hyper-crowded trains. This a “crime wave” is not new as much as women are finally reporting sex assaults after centuries of silence. One annoying aspect of life here is the trite Japanese conversational gambit of always asking me in the first minute after an introduction what my “hobbies” are. For 20 years I have replied that my hobby is being a CHIKAN, a molester (actually molesting is impossible for me to do without falling down on my crutches). Not one women ever gasped or thought I was joking—Yikes!
TOKYO — Women travelling on Tokyo’s packed commuter trains are reporting increasing levels of groping and sexual assault, city police say….. 2,201 such incidents were reported in 2004, the worst level on record and three times the figure for 1996.
About 60 percent of the victims of more serious sexual assaults, which involve the threat of rape and are sometimes carried out by groups of men, were female high school students.…more…
Japan Railways poster: Don’t molest!