Tokyo Metropolitan Police and metropolitan railway companies launched a campaign this week to stamp out "chikan" (groping) and other deviant behavior on trains and in stations.
The campaign began Monday with over 130 police and station personnel gathered at Shinjuku Station to distribute pamphlets and speak to women and young girls about how to ward off sexual predators, Fuji TV reported.
According to police officials, in 2014, approximately 1,300 cases involving sexual assault and predatory behavior took place on trains and or in train stations within the metropolitan area. Police recognize, however, that most cases go unreported, making the number far from accurate.
Historically, the number of molestation cases rises when the seasons change and the weather warms up, as women passengers wear less clothing.
Police are asking passengers to report any deviant behavior such as groping or using mobile devices to take photos up skirts.© Japan Today