Majority of Tokyo businesspeople back segregated train travel

08/30/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — A majority of Tokyo businessmen and two-thirds of businesswomen support sex segregated travel on privately owned commuter trains in the capital, according to a survey by Marsh Co., an online research firm.

Overall, 58% of business commuters agree to the idea of separating men and women, according to the survey of 1,000 business commuters from Tokyo’s 23 central wards, with 50.2% of men and 66.5% of women in favor.

More than one in five men opposed women’s only carriages, but only 4.4% of women did not like them.

Protection against groping was the most common reason both sexes gave for supporting segregated commuting, with women saying it allowed them to avoid being groped on jam-packed trains and men stating that being separated from the opposite sex allowed them to avoid being falsely accused of molestation.

Among the reasons given for opposing gender-based division of commuter trains was that women were given more space despite paying the same price for travel and that female commuters became more ill-mannered when they weren’t around men. One male respondent said making sex segregated carriages an issue was a means for private railway companies to whitewash solving the fundamental problem of commuter trains being too crowded.

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