Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Anti-groping Security Cameras Installed on Japan Trains

A pilot scheme for security cameras aboard passenger trains on the JR Saikyo Line began on Monday, as East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) attempts to crack down on train groping.

One train has had two cameras installed in its rearmost carriage on the southbound line (in its front carriage on the northbound line), with plans to expand the system from March after reviewing their effectiveness. Cameras will record continuously, with footage deleted after a set period unless requested by police. The train will do five or so round trips between Saitama and Tokyo a day.

As of Dec. 24, JR East has received a total of 11 opinions regarding the installation of security cameras, with eight showing support for the initiative if it prevents train groping, and the rest questioning its effectiveness.