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How does Japan ensure the safety of women on public transport?

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Bernard Delattre
11:13 a.m., November 28, 2022

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In Japan, 70% of passengers say they have been touched. To remedy this, the government has launched several initiatives such as train or metro trains prohibited for men or the development of an application allowing sexually assaulted passengers to notify the police in real time.

Tired of insistent, even lustful stares in the bus, tired of scrubbers in the metro, tired of wandering hands in the crowded trains for women. It is sometimes difficult to feel safe in transport. In Japan, radical measures are taken to protect women in transport.

Application, reservation of places in transport to protect women

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In Japan, 70% of passengers say they have been touched. The government has therefore decided to take drastic measures. During rush hours, train or metro trains are prohibited for men, only women have access to them. It is also possible to reserve a seat in suburban trains as in TGVs, which many women do because they are less likely to be touched than standing, compressed to other passengers. In Tokyo, an app allows sexually assaulted passengers to notify the police in real time. Their smartphone being geolocated, agents will come to their aid from the next station. And to avoid stolen photos that invade travellers’ privacy, Japanese smartphones are designed so that silent mode cannot be activated when using their camera.

In stations, notices warn women about to climb stairs or take an escalator. Behind them, men could take advantage of the drop to film under their skirts with a micro camera, they sell like hot cakes in Japan.

Source: Europe1

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