A 34-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping one female employee of JR and attempting to rape another one aboard local trains in March and April, police said Friday.
Takuya Imai, 34, was arrested on one charge of rape and another charge of attempted rape on a train on the JR Tokaido line between Tokyo and Yokohama in March and April. In the April case, Imai pushed the victim into the toilet of a Green car and raped her in the early morning. He also choked her. She reported the attack to the company and police afterwards.
Police said that Imai attempted to rape another female employee in April, but she escaped with light injuries. Imai is also being questioned over the rape of a woman in a car park in Kawasaki City in March.
Imai was quoted by police as saying, “I thought the early morning would be a good time because there are not so many people in the Green car.”
According to JR, almost all the staff in Green cars are female temp contract staff. Because of the increase of Green cars due to the opening of the Shonan-Shinjuku Line, many female staff are employed. JR said security cameras, which were designed for shinkansen trains, have been installed in trains on these local lines as well since the rapes were reported.© Japan Today