The Association of Japanese Private Railways says violence against personnel at train stations is still rife.
According to the association's data, which covers the 16 largest private railway companies in Japan, 231 cases of violence against station and train staff were logged last year, Fuji TV reported Thursday.
The association says this marks the fifth consecutive year that the number of official assaults has exceeded 200. Staff training in how to deal with difficult passengers is proceeding as quickly as possible, it added, but that repeated calls for passengers to refrain from using physical violence against its staff are being ignored.
Data showed that 181 incidents -- 78% of the total -- occurred after 5 p.m. and 25% of assaults occurred following warnings given to passengers who were smoking in carriages, or harassing staff, the association reported.
According to the association figures, 77% of the attacks were carried out under the influence of alcohol. That figure, it says, is up from 75% in fiscal 2011. It also added that over half of all assaults, 123 cases, occurred between 10 p.m. and the last train.© Japan Today