Kumi Sasaki is a 33-year-old Japanese author who lives in France.
Not too long ago, Sasaki revealed a guide, Tchikan, that dissects the just about each day groping she skilled as an adolescent on Japan’s prepare system.
The guide was initially revealed in France final yr and is but to be totally translated into Japanese – however its publication has inspired a serious dialogue in Japan concerning sexual harassment on public trains.
In Japan, the time period “chikan” is used to explain males who grope ladies – or different males – on trains. There have been a number of makes an attempt to cease the tradition of harassment, together with the creation of women-only prepare carriages, however there are numerous in Japanese society who refuse to see it as an issue.
Final yr, males in Japan started calling for “men-only” carriages to counter the women-only carriages carried out by the nation’s prepare service.
On social media, Japanese folks have reacted to the guide in a lot of methods. Folks have known as on Sasaki to cease commuting by prepare if she’s bothered by the harassment, or to “stop bragging” as a result of the groping comes on account of complicit seduction.
Others have claimed the harassment is a big downside in Japan. “Though there have been males round her, no person tried to cease the gropers. That is what Japan is,” stated one Twitter consumer.
Some blamed the assault tradition on a scarcity of schooling in Japanese society. “Intercourse crimes in Japan could also be attributable to stress, however that’s inexplicable,” stated one Twitter consumer. “I’m positive that discrimination in opposition to ladies prolongs crimes or secondary hurt. I heard that in a rustic in Africa, intercourse crimes occurred often, however after they taught about gender equality, crime decreased by half. Schooling is necessary.”
And others blamed the “low rank” of ladies in Japanese society. “After I heard that she had been groped for six years, I assumed, ‘Why didn’t she stop commuting to high school by prepare?’” stated a Twitter consumer in Japan. “But when she had no selection however to make use of trains as a consequence of household issues, then I’ve second thought; that’s a painful expertise.
“Nonetheless, I nonetheless have doubts whether or not the rationale gropers assault ladies is as a result of ladies are low ranked.”
A 2011 report from Japan’s Nationwide Police Company discovered nearly 90% of people that have been groped on trains don’t report it to police and many ladies didn’t know whom or the place to seek the advice of.