Police in Tokyo have stepped up their presence at 12 of the city's busiest train stations to prevent fights and accidents involving drunken commuters during the "bonenkai" (end-of-year party) season.
Police said that in recent years, there has been an escalation in violence and accidents at stations such as Shinjuku, Tokyo, Shibuya, Roppongi, Ikebukuro and Ueno.
According to police, around 920 acts of violence against station staff and other commuters by binge drinkers were reported in 2014, most occurring between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
As a result, rail companies are cooperating with police officers to raise awareness of the issue during the festive season. Posters have been put up asking commuters to observe manners.
Police are also conducting a campaign against drunk driving, Fuji TV reported that 12 drivers have been found to have been over the legal limit for drinking and driving by officers who stationed at 113 locations (mainly entrances to expressways) in the metropolitan area so far this month.© Japan Today