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Man arrested for allegedly raping female JR employee on train in Kanagawa

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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.

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This will stir up memories of that case last year when the guy raped a woman on the bullet train and all the other passengers did their best not to notice. I'm sure someone in the Green car must have noticed what was going on.

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(Not) good to see JR taking action after the horse has bolted. The victim should sue the guy who did this for everything he has. She should also take JR to the cleaners for their negligence in not providing a safe workplace.

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scum bag. they should strap him to the top of the shinkansen and ride him face first into a tunnel mouth at 300.

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Romulus - you left out one important fact. While travelling face first at 300km/h, something should be done to ensure that this scumbag's mouth remains open. I think the pressure wave of the front end of train would do wonders for his respiration.

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every week, ban green cars?

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I'm sure any onlookers did the 'I didn't see anything' act, and kept the sense of harmony in the carriage

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Yeah, and made the music louder so they wouldn't hear the girl crying/shouting

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There was no rape on any bullet train. The case to which the other posters referred was a small local train in the Hokuriku area.

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This guy has a serious problem. It also seems that he has the potential to murder after the attempted choking. Scum like this should be castrated. And I mean it.

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timorborder - I am a little curious, how did not JR provide a safe work environment? She was raped by a customer not a fellow employee. If she had been punched out by a customer, would she also have grounds to sue JR?

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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.

So JR obviously thought it was okey dokey to keep this under wraps for a few months til an arrest was made? What about the potential danger to female passengers in Green Cars this guy might have been riding on on other days? Or did some sort of JR criminal profiler say not to worry as the perpetrator must only want to brutalize women in JR uniforms? Simply installing security cameras for a few months til the scumbag was caught was enough, huh? If he DOES IT AGAIN we will get him on camera!!!

This is the typical underwhelming response by Safety Japan to the crime of rape. Pathetic.

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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.

Nothing is wrong until something goes wrong. Good timing JR.

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**(Not) good to see JR taking action after the horse has bolted. The victim should sue the guy who did this for everything he has. She should also take JR to the cleaners for their negligence in not providing a safe workplace.

By your litigious thoughts, I can only assume that you are American. A dangerous workplace in this sense would be a train where the brakes did not work or the doors flew open while in motion. With the best will in the world, it is difficult to design a workplace to prevent a violent criminal from attacking you (other than a prison, maybe).

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So how much will he get? 1year or 2 weeks in a Koban? If he gets 18years+, the jap. justice systhem has done the job, everything less is again catastrophic for the jap. rights.

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Ah so: Don't be an idiot. It doesn't mean that someone saying JR should have done more beforehand means someone is 'American'. In fact, all you're doing is admitting that Japan doesn't care at all about anything but the appearance of being safe. The trains are safe, good! THe people are not, bad! and are you suggesting that American trains have doors that fly open with people flying out?

I have news for you bud, Japanese trains are no longer the safest in the world. They may not derail or be delayed as much as trains in other countries, but let's look at a few examples of how Japan maintains its train schedules:

a young boy conductor speeds up on JR West to keep the schedule to the point where the train derails and flies under an apartment complex in Amagasaki, Hyogo prefecture, killing more than 100. a woman is raped in front of dozens of passengers... if they call the station master or the train conductor, heaven forbid! The train might be delayed and they have to report themselves as having witnessed something (until the spectacle of a disaster can make them famous, of course).

before you venture a stupid assumption that I am an American, I'm not; I'm just pointing out that your assumptions are a misdirected attempt to justify JR's lack of protection of its customers, so long as its trains 'look pretty and stay on schedule'. That doesn't qualify as 'best in the world', my friend.

I'm not suggesting any of the grisly punishments others have on here, but this guy needs to be made an example, and ALL train systems in Japan, public and private, need to beef up protection measures and stop dodging the issues and waiting until after the fact.

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Its really unbelievable since the rape last year in Kansai district made such big news. People aren't affected by this type of shocking news? What's next. You know, another Ichihashi, Akihabara? Nothing has changed since either of these horrendous acts. And its no good to just keep saying, things are better elsewhere. How are things getting better here?! is what I wish to know. I've seen more police dressed men and women around train stations holding batons, or stun guns? I'm releived a bit to see at least this type of implementation.

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Did the assaulted women press charges too? Why are there only women working in these cars? There shouldn't be any gender discrimination for hiring temp workers in green cars Like in many countries, employees of train companies should NEVER work alone, similar as the standard procedure for firefighters and policemen. I often spot subway or JR employees working alone, this is not a good risk prevention policy (in case of drunk or agressive passenger, rape, theft, etc...).
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This guy has a serious problem. It also seems that he has the potential to murder after the attempted choking.

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The reason only women are working those cars may be because the pay is below standard. Cutting down on train employees by JR and others in the name of cost cutting is a huge problem these days, (all days?). My previous comment was "edited" but I repeat here minus the guys name mentioned. When is a good time to sound the alarm if you see a suspicious person or object? Immediately, even if you have to make a huge move in a crowded a.m. rush train, or do you wait till your leaving the train and shout? Not all doors have those emergency buttons. I'll have to check again, maybe just one spot per train? In the heat of transportation, that might not be sufficient.

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Also what people forget, it is hard to see/hear what is going on a few rows away on a train.

You really need to make a major ruckus to get noticed. And I would guess that the lady was too scared/intimitated to make a big ruckus.

You see a guy walking down the isle with the JR staff and how many CAN see if she is being led, possible even at knife-point.

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Yeah, agreed. JR really needs to beef up security on its trains, and at the very least require female staff to not work alone. That really is inexcusable on their part.

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“I thought the early morning would be a good time because there are not so many people in the Green car.”

This guy deserves to be neutered.. big time!

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Here is a video showing what you should do if such a thug should enter your train car:

http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=PsrakdT-skg&feature=related

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If only it were funny! Tonight due to the G-8 there's finally police at the stations, and many of them. When its over, do they all go back to the Koban? I hope not, but I'm afraid so. Then we all have to our own Woody Allan, scowl at the brutes and hope no one in our vacinity is armed.

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