Successive waves of superheated, tropical air have been assaulting the Japanese archipelago this summer, and the noon news broadcasts frequently issue color-coded advisories warning viewers to take precautions against heatstroke.
But that’s not the only thing people need to be on their guard against. Another, reports evening tabloid Nikkan Gendai (Aug 7) is sex crimes. They’re occurring more often, in places where people least expect them. The perpetrators nabbed in recent incidents -- of flashing, groping and shooting videos with a concealed camera -- reported from around the nation were professionals engaged in such respectable occupations as attorney, laboratory researcher, TV producer and defense ministry official.
“Some say that greater exposure of skin by females in summer is a contributing factor, but that’s not the only reason,” says Akio Kuroki, a former policeman who turned to journalism. “Hot weather tends to make people unwind, and females tend to let down their guard, whereas men feel more emboldened. Some men, feeling less restrained, might say to themselves, ‘It’s okay to go after this girl.’”
U.S.-educated psychologist and author Joji Suzuki is also convinced of the correlation between degrees Celsius and the frequency of sex-related incidents.
“The higher the temperature, the more sex stimulation males receive from females,” he remarks. “Take scent, for example. Women’s body odors become stronger in the heat. Perfume triggers delusional thinking, and males are unaware they are being excited.
“Another factor is tanned skin, which tends to be sexually stimulating. As temperatures go up and amount of clothing covering the body is reduced, this stirs up associations that she’s making sexual overtures.”
Suzuki adds that what males might misinterpret as sexually inviting behavior may be more than a female’s listlessness brought on by the oppressive heat.
With so many potential summertime pitfalls, Nikkan Gendai repeatedly urges its readers to keep cool -- in more ways than one.© Japan Today