a safe country compared to many. As a general rule, even
as a solo female traveler, you'll be safe walking round
almost all districts even late at night. However, common
sense should always be followed as nowhere is perfect. If
you feel something isn't right then it probably isn't.
in recent times, the popular expat area of Roppongi
and surroundings has seen some rather unpleasant
developments. A number of women have reported having their
drinks spiked and then being manhandled while they couldn't
respond. This has become such a problem that the American
Embassy and others sent out a warning to the expat female
community warning them to take extreme care and make sure
they keep their eye on their drink at all times.
you're traveling on the trains in Tokyo or other areas of
Japan, it is a fairly well known fact that there are cases
of groping particularly during rush hour crush. Not a pleasant
thought. If it does ever happen to you, raise the hand of
the culprit and shout "chikan"
which means pervert. You need to report any such incident
to the nearest koban (police station). Try and enlist help
to keep hold of the jerk in question.
As a result
of the groping problem on trains, some lines have now introduced
all female carriages
during peak travel periods. Usually they are located at
either ends of the train and there will be signs in English
as well as Japanese, generally marked on the platform floor,
so you know where to get on. Not all lines have these, but
if it is provided why not take advantage of a hassle free
ride. By the way, I've never had any bad experiences on
the trains myself, but I'm always aware of what's going
on around me.