The Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday launched a major campaign to eradicate groping on trains, amid a number of increasing grope-and-run incidents in the capital.
The campaign, which runs from June 6 until June 16, aims at raising awareness of the gravity of the assault and calling passengers to vocally speak out in case they experience or witness a groper, known in Japanese as chikan (痴漢), Fuji TV reported. The campaign also urges men accused of groping not to try and escape by jumping onto the train tracks.
According to police, since March, there have been at least eight cases in the Kanto region in which accused gropers jumped onto the tracks to escape. In mid-May, a man accused of groping a woman aboard a train was hit and killed by a train at Aobadai Station in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, after he jumped onto the tracks, attempting to get away.
“Our mission is to thoroughly implement and strengthen policies to prevent groping on trains,” Hiroshi Takada, head of the Marunouchi Police Station, said.
During the 12-day campaign, the police will cooperate with 19 Kanto area-based railway companies, including JR East Japan, Tobu Railway, Odakyu Railway and other major train companies, to distribute leaflets, promote the campaign through posters, in-train announcements, related events and increased patrols.
Rakugo storyteller Pikkari Shunputei launched the campaign at Tokyo Station.
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