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Japan Safety Tips

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Japan


Japan is a fairly safe country with a very low crime rate. Still, all travelers are advised to beware of anything that could go wrong, just as they would in any other country.

There are some reports of female passengers being touched on public transportation, and the actions advised in that case include raising your voice, calling for help and asking someone to call the train staff. The word used for this kind of harassment in Japan is ‘chikan’, which might come in handy if you are surrounded by people who can’t speak English.

Places like Roppongi and Kabuki-cho in Tokyo are considered a bit riskier than other areas, and there have been complaints by foreigners who have had their drinks spiked or served with a higher level of alcohol than expected, so make sure you drink out of bottles that are opened in front of you. Also, always pay your bill because security guards in clubs can get pretty violent.

In case you lose your documents, you should report the incident and get a police report of the event.

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