Cities like Tokyo and Osaka have an excellent public transportation system that is capable of carrying millions of passengers every day. In Tokyo alone it is estimated that 8.7 million people use the metro daily. One of the problems of this many people being crowded into the train system is sexual harassment of females by other passengers, also known ちかん. In order to solve this problem, women-only carriages appeared in many major cities.

History of the woman only trains in Japan

In Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, the main cities of Japan, there were many reports of harassment and other sexual crimes on public transport. According to the experts, the increase in complaints of sexual harassment was not due to an increase in harassment situations, but to a greater public awareness that those are sexual crimes that must be disclosed in order to be punished.

Due to this alarming increase in complaints, the police recommended the train companies to take action. At that time, the initiative had been reluctant on the part of the railway companies that predicted delays by forcing passengers to look for carriages intended for men or women.

The turning point in Tokyo was when, in 2004, a record number of complaints was recorded. That year, complaints of touching and other sexual crimes such as taking obscene photos reached a record high of 2,201 in Tokyo, almost triple compared to the 778 complaints registered in 1996. Among all those complaints, a third were filed by schoolgirls and a total of 1886 led to the arrests of men between 14 and 80 years old. It was also revealed that up to two-thirds of women between 20 and 30 years old had been victims of some form of harassment on the trains.

For this reason, in 2005, trains with exclusive carriages for …continue reading