The winning design for a pervert deterrent badge in Japan. Photo: General Molester Prevention Activity Centre

Japan’s plan to beat ‘chikan’ sex attacks on public transport? A grinning otter badge

  • Pervert-deterrent badge featuring a cute animal looking up a schoolgirl’s skirt raises eyebrows – and questions about appropriateness
  • Critics say the image detracts from the seriousness of a problem the country is struggling to get to grips with
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The winning design for a pervert deterrent badge in Japan. Photo: General Molester Prevention Activity Centre
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.