- vol.27, 2004-07-01
Last year, the Nishitetsu Railroad Company in Fukuoka, started a new service-a railway carriage reserved for women only, and this was welcomed by most women. According to our research, one in four women reported she had suffered from molestation in a train in the past year. Now a lot of women get on this particular carriage. Others who don't use this service say it is inconvenient for them when changing trains or when in a rush to the exit, because the last carriage is arranged for this reserved service. What suffers women more is that they could do nothing during or after the harassment. Society must recognize that the molester harassment is a crime. We should develop more guidance in schools, companies and other public forums to help resolve this issue. The "Women-Only Carriage Service" can help raise our awareness to prevent discrimination against women in Japanese society. And we must look at other solutions to cope with this situation.