Chikan (train groping) is a problem in Tokyo and a sexual earner for the sex trade

| |

Chikan (train groping) is a problem in Tokyo and a sexual earner for the sex trade

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

chikannew14

The problem of Chikan (female groping on a train) in Tokyo is nothing new and the same applies to other areas in Japan which are highly populated and where the train system is jam pact.  However, the amount of cases in Tokyo is famously high because the train system is full to capacity in the rush hour period and from 5 pm onwards.  Therefore, men who do chikan have ample opportunities in order to molest and touch females discreetly.

Every year thousands of men are arrested for groping ladies on public trains in Japan and in Tokyo many high school young girls also state that they have been groped.  Therefore, the problem of chikan is mainly an issue for young female teenagers, ladies in their twenties and thirties and occasionally towards ladies who are a little older.

The chikan situation is very complex because some men also claim to be victims and this applies to women who may be gang affiliated or have individual money motives.  Therefore, extortion rackets can happen but this is a minority issue within the thousands of men who have been caught. More alarming, some men claim to be victims because in recent times the police and judiciary are clamping down on chikan to the point of unfairness. This means that many innocents are caught among the majority who are guilty. After all, sometimes it could be an innocent mistake because of the sudden movement on the train.  Also, because trains are so busy then bodies will naturally bump into one another and nothing is black and white when it comes to complex cases.

This is not to underestimate this serious issue because you will have thousands of victims every year and the psychological impact will vary for each female. Also, groping is a serious crime when proven against the defendant and something needs to be done in order to protect female passengers.

chikannew10

However, chikan is also part and parcel of the sex trade and you will have many women making money from sexual videos, photos and sex clubs whereby you have a false train carriage (imekura). Therefore, men can look or touch ladies in order to fulfill a sexual fantasy and this is done with the aid of ladies who earn money from the sex trade.

Depending on your view about sex and the sex trade then these individuals will either be deemed perverts or a sad reality about aspects of human nature which exists throughout the world. It must be remembered that drug issues are minor in Japan and the unemployment rate is very low.  Also, while poverty exists in pockets, Japan is relatively rich and the majority of ladies who are being paid in order to fill the image of “the sexual molester” have chosen freely to make money from this type of work.

For example, many ladies who have entered the sex trade in the United Kingdom and America have done so because of drug addiction issues and other factors related to abuse, poverty and other related factors. Therefore, on the one hand you have female victims who have been abused on trains and this is a serious issue.  Yet, on the other hand you have women making money and fulfilling the sexual fantasy of men who are chikan.  However, while some men may be satisfied by touching ladies while paying money via false train carriages; it is apparent that for other men then this will not be enough because chikan is based on being discreet and not knowing the victim.

Given this fact, then some ladies in the sex trade will be adding to the problem of women on trains because some men will still not be satisfied by fake rail carriages and their urge may increase further. It must be stated that for some people they will blame men either way because if men did not have these sexual impulses then chikan nor the sex trade would be an issue in society to such an extent.

chikan2

Alsod to work, family life and so forth.  For others it will be sexual impulses which have happened on the spur of the moment or it might be part of their criminal nature when it comes to molesting women. The fa, the reasons why men do chikan will be complex and for some men it may be a stress mechanism relatectors are complex and the same applies to women making money from this well known reality in Tokyo.

You also have more dangerous cases of groups of men who are involved in chikan and for these individuals it is important to increase the prison sentence because this is magnifying the problem and the fear factor to untold extremes.  Therefore, all group cases should face a severe prison sentence.

In Tokyo and other cities you have all female carriages during the early morning rush hour but at night then the majority of train companies do not provide this service.  This system needs to be changed because drunkenness is also another factor and it seems strange to have a one carriage system in the morning but not between 5 pm and the early hours of the morning.  After all, nearly all train lines are full in central Tokyo and the same applies to leaving Tokyo and going to other prefectures like Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa.  Therefore, you need more female carriages in Tokyo that cover a wide part of the day.

Like mentioned previously, many women who work at imekura clubs or who are pandering to male fantasies are also part of the problem.  Yes, it may be men who are paying to visit imekura clubs and if it wasn’t for men paying for sex or buying videos of chikan role play, and so forth; then you wouldn’t have such a powerful sex trade. However, some women also exploit their bodies in order to make money out of men and in Japan poverty, drug addiction, and other social negatives; are minor factors in the sex trade.

Criminality related to yakuza gangs is a different story because some women are trapped into joining the sex trade. Also, foreign workers suffer greatly because of their lack of rights in Japan and foreign gangs from certain ethnic groups often exploit their own nationalities.  Chikan will continue to exist in Tokyo for the foreseeable future and the same applies to other parts of Japan.

In truth, chikan is complex and even the all female train carriage can lead to other problems because for men who do chikan; then they may view other ladies who do not enter these carriages to be “fair game.”

leejay@moderntokyotimes.com

http://moderntokyotimes.com

Comments are closed