The spike in takers for the 6,400 yen (US$57) “false groping accusation benefit” plan was triggered by a spate of incidents where men suspected of molesting female commuters fled the scene along the railway tracks, the Tokyo-based firm told AFP.
Japan has made efforts to tackle the problem of rush-hour sex pests with posters on trains and television campaigns, while railway operators provide women-only carriages for the busiest times of day.
But the plan, devised by the Small Amount and Short Term Insurance company in 2015, covers legal costs for policy-holders who find themselves on the wrong end of such a charge.
It was initially set up as a fringe benefit under which fees for any legal consultation, including domestic or traffic accidents, were covered, Japan’s Mainichi newspaper reported.
But the firm’s helpline service – which alerts lawyers practising in the vicinity of the alleged groping incident – has proved a hit with customers.
Four people were confirmed dead on Sunday after being rescued from a wreckage believed to be that of a small plane that crashed into Japan’s Northern Alps in the town of Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, the previous day. (Jiji)
In Japan, where train travel can often be a perilous ordeal for women, an insurance company is reporting a sudden run on a policy that protects men falsely accused of groping. (channelnewsasia.com)
Nagano Prefectural Police have arrested a male Chinese national in the killing of a woman whose blood-soaked body of a woman was found in a love hotel in the town of Miyota early Friday, reports NHK. (tokyoreporter.com)
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada called on the international community on Saturday to increase pressure on North Korea in order to stop its nuclear and missile programs. (Jiji)
Though the prison population in Japan is remarkably small compared to other countries, there have been increases in recent years among certain demographics. The media is particularly sensitive to elderly inmates. Less remarked upon are female prisoners. (Japan Times)
Vacation rental sites like Airbnb were slow to make their way to the country, but have now become the accommodation of choice for many people doing Japan on a budget. Tujia, a Beijing-based operator of one such website, launched a Japan unit about a year ago targeting the growing numbers of Chinese tourists. (Nikkei)
Japan’s swelling ranks of working women have grape growers 10,000 miles away cheering. (Japan Times)
More high school students in the Tokyo metropolitan area usually have rice for breakfast than those who eat bread, according to a survey by Norinchukin Bank. (Jiji)
The number of foreign tourists who traveled on cruise ships to Japan hit a record high in 2016, thanks mainly to more budget tours from China. (NHK)
The total fertility rate in Japan in 2016 fell 0.01 point from the previous year to 1.44, while the number of babies born last year slipped below one million for the first time, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in an annual demographic survey on Friday. (the-japan-news.com)