Hi I know Japan has had a severe Groping issue in the past. Have things changed? My girlfriend is going to Japan for a month as part of a school program to study in Kyoto.
Updated January 07, But train travel in some of the world's most crowded cities holds a sinister threat for women and girls who ride the rails — the risk of groping. It has been a longstanding problem, but it is not commonly talked about in Japan and continues to be an under-reported problem.
A group of men boarded the women-only car of the Chiyoda Line subway in Tokyo during the morning commute on Feb. Such protests are not unusual, but the media almost never covers them. In this case, the women who were already on the train objected loudly, but the men refused to leave after the train arrived at Kokkai-gijidomae Station, thus prompting station staff to become involved.
An illustration of the various types of sexual harassers preying on women on public transportation in Japan went viral last month, shortly after a video and a string of stories highlighted the pervasive groping and molesting that female passengers are forced to endure on a daily basis. The drawing, posted on Twitter on May 29, has been retweeted 43, times and prompted online users to share their stories of sexual harassment. Nago told the France 24 Observers in a written statement that people in Japan were not sufficiently aware about the rampant harassment. Sex crimes happen every day, but public awareness is low.
Updated May 23, A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains. The "Digi Police" app was originally issued by Tokyo police three years ago, but a function to scare off molesters was only added recently.
Men in Japan were interacting on social media for a disturbing reason: to plan sexual assault on schoolgirls and get away with it, reported News Watch 9. Potential sexual predators are targeting particularly busy days for teen girls so that they will be deterred from filing complaints. Being late or not showing up to the exam would mean a gap year, which universities and employers may frown upon, reports SoraNews
Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. The app has since been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times as women continue to fall victim to groping on Japan's overcrowded trains.
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.
The anti-groping stamp uses a special ink that can only be seen under ultraviolet light, but not under sunlight or artificial light. The Times says that the device has a retractable stamp, inside a cylinder, that can be pressed against the skin of a molester, leaving him marked with an open palm. Although invisible to the naked eye, it shows up when using an attached ultraviolet "blacklight" torch.
In a sexual context, groping or fondling is touching another person in an unwelcome sexual way. The term generally has a negative connotation in many societies, and the activity may be considered sexual assault  or otherwise unacceptable. Touching a consenting person's body during sexual activitymassageor medical examination is not usually considered groping, though the term is sometimes used to include clumsy, selfish, or inappropriate sexual touching. Areas of the body most frequently groped include the buttocksbreastsvulva and thighs on a woman, and the penistesticles and buttocks on a man.