|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.|
Perverts can't stop poking around the Saikyo Line
Shukan Yomiuri 3/16 By Takeshi Ito
"I carry a safety pin whenever I ride a train on the Saikyo Line," a 20-year-old woman says matter-of-factly.
"I thrust the pin into their hands."
But virtually all women who ever traveled on this line agree "they" definitely deserve tough punishment.
Shukan Yomiuri reports that this JR line serving the Tokyo metropolitan area between Omiya and Shinjuku is earning notoriety among women in their teens to 20s as the nation's most per-vert-infested train line.
According to the magazine,the Saikyo Line has been producing the greatest number of arrested perverts among metropolitan train lines.
During the six months from July to December 1996,94 gropers were arrested on the Saikyo Line.
They accounted for more than 40 percent of all gropers arrested on met-ropolitan commuter lines.
During the same period,counseling corners for vic-times established by the police at JR Tokyo and Shinjuku stations received 67 complaints from women victimized on the Saikyo Line,followed by 25 com-plaints lodged by Chuo Line users.
Shukan Yomiuri maintains that virtually all women in their teens to 20s who commute on the notorious line have an atrocious experience or two to tell.
"These days,they come on to me only once or twice a week,but when I was attending high school,it was horrendous," recalls the 20-year-old.
"they molested me almost every morning.
In the worst cases,I was surrounded by gropers in all four directions.
I remember three to four different hands feeling up and down my bottom."
"Compared with perverts on other lines,gropers who attack women on the Saikyo Line are totally abnormal," points out a 22-year-old student who com-mutes on the Saikyo and Chuo lines.
"The worst cases occur at the back of the train because its always very crowded.
"Normally,a pervert stops touching you when you tell him to stop it in a low voice," continues the woman.
"But this method never works on the Saikyo Line.
Perverts do not even try to hide what they are doing.
And they are really persistent,especially the young ones."
Why is the Saikyo Line so popular among perverts?
Why does this particu-lar line attract the worst kind of molesters?
Shukan Yomiuri claims that the heavy crowds during rush hours is not the main factor.
The chief cause is the longer distance between stations.
A commuter express train travels from Omiya to Shinjuku in 30 minutes and makes only six stops en route.
Gropers take advantage of the four or five minutes during which targets cannot flee.
The Saikyo Line's notoriety caused the Metropolitan Police Department to mobilize 1,000 officers and launch a week-long "pervert-containment" opera-tion last month.
During the operation,31 perverts were arrested.
But Shukan Yomiuri questions the effectiveness of the operation.
Some perverts actually look forward to an arrest,notes the magazine.(TI)