Source: (C) Pakutaso

The 25 “Perviest” Train Stations In Japan

An article published today by Toyo Keizai Online announced the results of a study of seven months of data (March to October 2017) from the Japan Suspicious Person Information Center (JASPIC), an individually operated database of suspicious person police reports across Japan. Nearly 40% of all incidents occurred in proximity of train stations, 25 of which tied for first place. In case you were wondering about the title, "suspicious persons" in Japanese police parlance nearly always refers to flashers, voyeurs, chikan (sexual harassers, mostly in trains) or other types of perverts.

Japan's 25 Perviest Stations

Here are the top (or rather worst) 25 train stations in Japan where "suspicious persons" were most frequently reported, listed geographically from north to south:

  • Hokkaido: Shin-Sapporo Sta. 新札幌駅
  • Miyagi Pref.: Nagamachi-Minami Sta. 長町南駅
  • Gunma Pref.: Maebashi Sta. 前橋駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Higashi-Omiya Sta. 東大宮駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Miyahara Sta. 宮原駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Kami-Fukuoka Sta. 上福岡駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Kita-Toda Sta. 北戸田駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Kasukabe Sta. 春日部駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Tokorozawa Sta. 所沢駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Shiki Sta. 志木駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Tozuka-Angyo Sta. 戸塚安行駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Nishi-Kawaguchi Sta. 西川口駅
  • Saitama Pref.: Honjo Sta. 本庄駅
  • Kanagawa Pref.: Ikuta Sta. 生田駅
  • Kanagawa Pref.: Noborito Sta. 登戸駅
  • Kanagawa Pref.: Mukogaoka-Yuen Sta. 向ヶ丘遊園駅
  • Shizuoka Pref.: Shizuoka Sta. 静岡駅
  • Shizuoka Pref.: Hamamatsu Sta. 浜松駅
  • Osaka Pref.: Komyoike Sta. 光明池駅
  • Nara Pref.: Yamato-Saidaiji Sta. 大和西大寺駅
  • Hyogo Pref.: Kobe-Sannomiya Sta. 神戸三宮駅
  • Hyogo Pref.: Himeji Sta. 姫路駅
  • Okayama Pref.: Okayama Sta. 岡山駅
  • Hiroshima Pref.: Hiroshima Sta. 広島駅
  • Fukuoka Pref.: Meinohama Sta. 姪浜駅

Before you conclude that Saitama Prefecture is crawling with perverts, it should be noted that JASPIC only carries the data reported by the police. The amount of effort and level of commitment given to reporting such activity varies from prefecture to prefecture and even from city to city. Saitama Prefecture's police happens to be very thorough about reporting suspicious activity, whereas prefectures such as Chiba, for example, are quite lax.

However, rather than indicating that the data on Saitama Prefecture is misrepresented, it indicates that there could have been more incidents in other prefectures that were not reported.

The other surprising detail is that quite a number of prefectural capital stations are included: Maebashi, the capital of Gunma Prefecture, as well as Shizuoka, Okayama and Hiroshima, respective capitals of their identically-named prefectures.

Ranking by Prefecture

Here are 14 prefectures ranked by the number of incidents reported:

  • 1. Saitama Pref.: 1,711
  • 2. Osaka Pref.: 1,227
  • 3. Aichi Pref.: 989
  • 4. Tokyo: 969
  • 5. Hyogo Pref.: 923
  • 6. Hokkaido: 717
  • 7. Shizuoka Pref.: 687
  • 8. Kanagawa Pref.: 537
  • 9. Fukuoka Pref.: 508
  • 10. Miyagi Pref.: 426
  • 11. Hiroshima Pref.: 382
  • 12. Kyoto Pref.: 362
  • 13. Chiba Pref.: 241
  • 14. Okayama Pref.: 149
  • Tokyo's (23 Wards) Perviest Stations

    If you're going to be staying in central (23 wards) Tokyo, you may want to remain extra vigilant if you plan on passing through or be in the vicinity of the following stations. We've listed the worst five, with 6 tied for 5th place.

    • Rank #3: Adachi Ward: Kita-Senju Sta. 北千住駅
    • Rank #4: Edogawa Ward: Nishi-Kasai Sta. 西葛西駅
    • Rank #5: Edogawa Ward: Mizue Sta. 瑞江駅
    • Rank #5: Suginami Ward: Ogikubo Sta. 荻窪駅
    • Rank #5: Adachi Ward: Umejima Sta. 梅島駅
    • Rank #5: Nakano Ward: Araiyakushi-Mae Sta. 新井薬師前駅
    • Rank #5: Kita Ward: Higashi-Jujo Sta. 東十条駅
    • Rank #5: Kita Ward: Jujo Sta. 十条駅

    As a final note, the number of actual incidents which qualified these stations for their respective rankings maxes out at nine for the top position. In other words, for example, nine suspicious individuals were reported at Shizuoka Station or in its vicinity during the period of seven months between March and October of this year. You may consider that a low number but it's important to keep in mind that for every incident reported, so many others never are.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.