|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Japanese student raped in London hotel Shukan Bunshun 3/17 By Takeshi Ito
Under this sensational headline, Shukan Bunshun warns against the questionable contents of a bestsel-ling overseas travel guidebook which London police suspect was the main cause of one Japanese wom-an's nightmare.
Traveling by herself, the woman, 23, headed straight to a bed and breakfast inn in the Earls Court district on her arrival at London earlier this year.
Shukan Bunshun quotes local news reporters and Foreign Ministry sources as saying that the woman was knocked down on the bed by the inn's over-friendly owner as soon as she was guided into one of the guest rooms.
Despite the impression the headline gives, Shukan Bunshun does not try to reconstruct the rape.
In-stead, it focuses on what London investigators say has led the woman to her worst nightmare.
It's a popular guidebook for budget travelers called "Chikyu-no Arukikata(How to Walk About the Earth)."
There are many inexpensive places to stay in Lon-don, but the woman picked an inn furthest from the nearby subway station.
Shukan Bunshun says she must have done so because this guidebook says in bold print, "the manager here is a big Japanese fan who speaks a little Japanese."
This is followed by a positive portrayal of the inn by a past guest who describes the place as "clean" and the stay as "pleasant."
It is the only accommodation in the whole volume which the guidebook introduces as managed by a "big Japanese fan."
By doing so, the book virtually gives the inn its top recommendation, points out the magazine.
Shukan Bunshun finds another highly question-able account.
The book calls the Earls Court district a "convenient area with many snack bars and Ara-bian restaurants that stay open late into the night."
The "night spot" section puts the book's reliability further in question by advising women readers to feel free to visit clubs holding a "gay night" because they could pass as lesbians.
A London police investigator warns in Shukan Bunshun that visits to gay-oriented events involve certain risk-taking and tourists shouldn't go if they don't do the same back home.
Another inves-tigative source says if the book is recommending risky actions, Brit-ish law enforcement authorities could consider demanding the publisher to change accounts to curb an increasing number of crimi-nal cases involving Japanese women and local men.
Converting the world in 49 regionally-divided volumes, the guide-book is selling 8 million copies a year.
It is often likened to the Bi-ble for its prevalence, but Japanese diplomatic sources are almost entirely critical.
One of them says, "There are too many problems with this book.
Almost all Japanese tourists who visit Japanese em-bassies and consulates overseas for emergency help get into trou-ble by following what this book says." (TI)