The Japanese term for frotteurism, or men who commit such acts. As elsewhere, most groping occurs in public places and is especially common on trains and bike stands. Mentioned in? References in periodicals archive? Groping in crowded public places such as buses and trains has become so rampant in Japan that a term has been coined just for the behavior: chikan.
Why Women-Only Transit Options Have Caught On
Chikan and Eve Teasing - The New York Times
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. Fumie is now a year-old high school student, who travels to her school in west Tokyo by train every day. He came very close and he touched me," she said. Fumie had never been warned by her parents or teachers about the risk of being groped and did not know what to do. Japanese girls believe that they are somehow boasting about their own looks if they tell someone they have been groped.
Chikan and Eve Teasing
In past decades, most solo traveler in Japan used to be the ubiquitous salarymen office workers on business trips. These days, however, many locals, especially the younger generations, are increasingly traveling alone or doing things by themselves, creating a unique market aimed at singles. If it is your first time traveling alone or visiting Japan, it might be simpler to base yourself in one place and make multiple day trips out or mix in an overnight trip or two. Sticking mainly to the city may make it easier and cheaper, but venturing out into the countryside allows for different experiences. As much as you may want to see everything in a limited space of time, it is advisable to incorporate some flexibility into your daily itinerary.
The idea, back in , was to spare young women the indignity of being ogled by admiring men. Standing on a crowded Osaka subway platform during a rainy rush hour last month, it was easy to find women willing to talk about why they prefer women-only trains. Chinatsu Kawamoto, an year-old high school senior, offers a typical response. Japan is not the only country to offer women-only transportation.