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Man boards women-only carriage on Japanese train, gets his glasses knocked off【Video】

Women weren’t happy to see the man board their carriage, but he wasn’t going to let them have their way without a fight.

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Majority of Japanese men in their 20s say they want men-only train cars in survey

Older gentlemen show much greater willingness to share space with female fellow passengers.

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Mysterious yellow liquid sent to Nagoya officials with message to “end women-only train cars”

Smelly attempt at terrorism only seems to have galvanized the need for women-exclusive sections on trains.

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Japan’s ‘Women Only’ Train Cars: Is it a Crime for Men to Ride?

Women-only cars on Japan’s railways have existed in some form or other for more than 50 years, with “hana densha” (lit. “flower train”) carriages originally being introduced as a way of keeping female students safe from the advances of lecherous men during the peak hours. Now considered by many to be a vital part of many inner-city rail services, the train car closest to the driver’s cabin is often reserved for females only and is clearly marked both at boarding locations on the platform and inside the train itself.

Many unwitting foreign males have no doubt hopped on board these carriages during rush hours without realising it. Although foreigners usually escape relatively unscathed, when native Japanese men dare to cross that pink line and invade the sanctity of the josei senyou sharyou (women-only carriage), more often than not they are berated by the women on board until they alight or switch cars.

But is it actually illegal for a man to ride in the women-only car? Surely when other carriages are packed to the rafters, men shouldn’t be forced to squeeze in when the first car would be much less tortuous? Yahoo! Japan News spoke with legal professional Ikki Hashimoto as well as representative from Japan Rail to get the facts about men’s rights when it comes to riding the pink car.

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