Rail rage attacks on railroad workers remain at record highs


The Central Entrance at Kamata Station in Tokyo

TOKYO (majirox news) – Unprovoked attacks on railroad workers across Japan remained at record levels in fiscal 2010, according to statistics on rail rage that railroad companies released July 11.

There were 868 reported attacks on train station staff or drivers between April 2010 and the end of March, just one fewer than the record high of the previous fiscal year, the figures released by three Japan Railways companies and 25 privately operated railroads showed.

Violence against railroad workers had also notched record highs in the three years leading up to fiscal 2009 and the unabated attacking suggests that various measures railroad companies have taken to protect workers are not working.

Attacks on railroad workers began to increase from fiscal 2007 and reached a peak two years later with 869 reported assaults.

A drunkard at a train station in Tokyo.

In 2010, East Japan Railway Co. recorded 333 assaults on train workers, nearly 40% of the national total of 868. Railroad companies said that in almost 60% of cases perpetrators were under the influence of alcohol and the majority of cases occurred on weeknights after 10 p.m. Perpetrators are not of any particular age group, with those attacking railroad employees aged from teenagers through to those in their 60s and older.

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3 Responses to Rail rage attacks on railroad workers remain at record highs

  1. Casper on 07/13/2011 at 12:57 pm

    They should have stiff fines for those under the influence of alcohol who assault railway employees or anyone else on the trains. Why should railway employees and the public have to deal with this kind of behavior. Maybe this drunkard at the train station needs a night in a cell to “sober up!”(photo).

  2. Riki on 07/13/2011 at 2:19 pm

    Perhaps ending sales of alcohol at stations and on trains and banning alcohol consumption on trains would be an even better start.
    Railroad companies will sacrifice their workers, but not their sales.

  3. Casper on 07/18/2011 at 10:23 am

    Truth, these things would not happen so often if the average Japanese “salary man” would go home to their families after work, instead of going out “drinking” with their peers. No one wants to be the “party pooper” to leave first, so they continue eating and drinking, and drinking more until they are literally “shit-faced!” As you can see, a lot of drunkards here wear nice suits!

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