The U.S. Embassy is warning its citizens to watch out for drink spiking in Tokyo's nightlife area of Roppongi.
In an alert posted on its website, the embassy said it continues to receive reports of drink spiking incidents, particularly near the Roppongi crossing area.
"We remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution and maintain security awareness in entertainment districts like Roppongi and Shinjuku's Kabuki-cho, as drink spiking incidents over the years have routinely led to robbery and occasionally resulted in physical and sexual assaults," the embassy statement said. "In most drink-spiking reports, the victim unknowingly drinks a beverage that has been mixed with a drug, rendering the victim unconscious or dazed for several hours, during which time the victim's credit card is stolen or used for large purchases. Some victims regain consciousness in the bar or club; other victims may awaken on the street or in other unknown locations."
According to the embassy, U.S. citizens have also reported being charged exorbitant bar tabs in some bars and clubs in Roppongi, Kabuki-cho, and other entertainment and nightlife districts. Some have reported being threatened with gun or knife violence in such venues to pay bar tabs or withdraw money. U.S. citizens have also reported being beaten when they have refused to pay or hand over money, the statement said.© Japan Today