If you have time to push the stamp you should catch the guy instead It’s like a crime prevention buzzer. If is on your bag… it’s hard for guys to do it. Do you think Japanese girls will use it? – Many will be too scared to try. Hey guys and girls on Ask Japanese. Recent news have become fairly popular all around the world because Japan released an anti-groping stamp that sold out actually within the day. About 500 pieces sold within the hour and we’re wondering why. This time we are gonna go and speak with Japanese girls on the streets of Tokyo and ask them… What they think about the anti-groping stamp. Let’s Ask Japanese. The molester prevention stamp was on the news recently. – I saw those news. They first made a limited number of those stamps and they sold as test. If you shine light on them the stamp becomes visible under UV light. You can only see it then. – What do you think about it? – Well… If you have time to push that stamp, shouldn’t you catch the guy instead. I see. – That might be more real. I think so. – Don’t just watch it. Do something about it. Raise your voice. Don’t expect others to help you. Do something. Don’t run away from it. I am not sure if this stamp has a meaning. This crime happens in seconds sometimes. Can you open it and push it in time? I doubt that. I thought so too. – Maybe it’s an automatic stamp but it’s unrealistic I think. Without UV light you can’t even check it. And otherwise you can’t tell it has been done. This train harassment problem has continued for years now. What should women in Japan do in this situation. Raise your voice! We have women-only carts… it’s best to go on those. Raise you voice? Many girls say they couldn’t do that. What do we do then? Try and escape somewhere else. Even if they touch you… once you realize that, excuse yourself to others and move to a different area. – You can only run away. The reason for making this stamp was a video online where two high school girls are chasing a sexual harasser down the stairs. They shouted “wait” and another old man made the predator stumble and fall. – I saw that clip! That was the reason for making this stamp. – What_ I would not chase the guy. If I got touched, it would only be that moment. I would get angry and try forget it. I would not chase him. Harassment can cause a lot of damage for those involved… and psychological stress… That stuff is bad. Don’t do it. Molesting is forbidden! In news abroad this has become a big topic a new stamp was being sold in Japan. Your face looks like you know. I know about it. – What am I talking about? – The sexual offender stamp. The sexual harassing prevention stamp. How did you know? – It was on NHK I saw it on Japanese news and was surprised it exists. It’s super recent. – 500 sold in one hour. A lot of girls want it. The price is about 2500 Yen. – That’s expensive. You wouldn’t buy it? – No. – And you? – I wondered if I would actually use it. If this happened to me, I would not be able to raise my voice but… I am not sure if I could stamp him. I can’t imagine it. Not everyone can spend that much money either It’s expensive! – If it was 1000 Yen I would think of it. You think it’s expensive. – I would not get it They said it just washes off. And that for over 2500yen… that just doesn’t add up. This idea comes from Japan. Do you think it can prevent these crimes? I think it might for men touching high school girls. I would not be able to speak up. So I think it is good. High school girls might feel saver when they attach it to their bags. Like a crime prevention buzzer. If it is there, it might deter others. So they’s think “she might fight back so let’s not” Maybe. So having it on your bag is a good idea. You said you won’t be able to use it? What if he pulls his hand back quickly then? Inside a crowded train you might be able to push it but if it happens in town, I can’t react fast enough. In crowded trains it will be very difficult too. If they touch you from behind, it’s sometimes hard to tell who did it. It’s better if people around them realize what’s going on. I want someone to save us. If I push the stamp… nothing will happen after that I think. If you cry for help, that would be best. Do you think Japanese girls will use the stamp? I don’t think we can. – We’d be too scared to. I want people around to realize it and say “There is a train molester!” Or have them confront him with “What are you doing?” – Yeah. So you expect others? Not the girl herself to do something alone… but for people to protect each other? Those were our questions. Thank you. So this was a fairly interesting topic. To be fair at the start I didn’t know how… people would react to, asking those questions. The girls said that the stamp might be a good idea but they are scared that they won’t react as quickly grouping on the trains in Japan is fairly common especially with Japanese girls. It doesn’t happen as often with foreigners, but it still happens. They said it sometimes happens in the blink of a moment. It might be happening while they are leaving the train. When the masses of people roll out. So they doubt that they will have the time to pull out the stamp take off the lid and push the stamp so that’s one of the things. The stamp is fairly expensive for what it is. And it washes off easily, you can’t prove that that person was the one who did it because he might just wash it off at the same station. It’s still hard to tell who it was on the train. Sometimes there are so many people and especially when it gets packed. Might be hard to understand but when it gets packed then it’s hard to tell who it is, who it was, use the stamp and push it onto people’s hands those are a couple of problems mentioned. Japanese girls… many feel like they can’t speak out and they won’t have the strength to speak out unfortunately. Escaping the situation is the best (according to them) unfortunately, the trains that are known for groping like the Saikyo line… have really long times between stops. Once you in that stop you can’t really escape and that’s why those train lines are the ones that are fairly frequented by train gropers. Because they know that it is their chance, to have a fairly long time to find their victim and attack. It’s hard to get away in those certain situations. Some girls said, this stamp might be a good things for High School girls, the ones who are too shy to actually go and speak up especially. Maybe as a deterrent having it on the bag will show molesters that they shouldn’t approach the girl. Still yet it’s very sad that things like that have to exist in the first place in Japan but it looks like this is a thing that… will still continue to exist for the next couple of years because Japan still hasn’t managed to get rid of groping on the trains unfortunately. So guys how is that in your country? Does your country struggle with the same issue as much as Japan does or not? Let us know in the comments down below. Now … we are tackling a lot of issues about Japanese culture, also a couple lighter topics. If you are curious about finding out about them be sure to subscribe to our channel. Don’t forget… even if this is a tough topic for us to do, I hope you enjoyed us doing a serious topic once in a while as well. If you did please give us a like even though this is a serious topic, so we know that want to know about serious issues in Japan as well thank you so much for watching and have a great day. Bye.