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Cell Phone Message Warns Train Gropers
By HIROKO TABUCHI – 3 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Did you just grope me? Shall we head to the police? That's the message women are flashing on their cell phones with a popular program designed to ward off wandering hands in Japan's congested commuter trains.

"Anti-Groping Appli" by games developer Takahashi was released in late 2005, but has only recently climbed up popularity rankings, reaching No. 7 in this week's top-10 cell phone applications list compiled by Web-based publisher Spicy Soft Corp.

The application flashes increasingly threatening messages in bold print on the phone's screen to show to the offender: "Excuse me, did you just grope me?" "Groping is a crime," and finally, "Shall we head to the police?"

Users press an "Anger" icon in the program to progress to the next threat. A warning chime accompanies the messages.

The application, which can be downloaded for free on Web-enabled phones, is for women who want to scare away perverts with minimum hassle and without attracting attention, according to Takahashi's Web site.

"I first downloaded this as a joke," said Spicy Soft official Michika Izumi. "But I think it could be a lifesaver if I get groped."

Izumi said more users appeared to have recently discovered Takahashi's "Anti-Groping Appli" because of a series of new applications unveiled by the creator this year, including a popular number game, horoscope and blogging program.

Offerings of games and applications for mobile phones have surged in Japan. A survey published by Web research company Yahoo Value Insight in July said 61 percent of Japanese cell phone owners use applications almost every day.

According to Tokyo Metropolitan Police, 1,853 people were arrested for groping passengers on trains in Tokyo in 2005. Experts say the incidence of harassment on trains is much higher, but women are often too embarrassed to report it.

Source: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ifSoCNgpKCz4ZSwkU-NYDnxW5FGA
 

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teets
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lol i just read that.. fuggen perverted japanese men. I still don't know how this works? Does the cellphone detect a grope?
 

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Armed law abiding citizen
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When you are on a train in Tokyo, you are so packed in you cannot lift your arms. There are women only cars there, but a little limited.
 

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Bring it on!!!!
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I've seen this. There are 4 messages that come before the "Shall we head to the police?" message. I stop groping after the 3rd.
 

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I use a prosthetic arm that makes it appear that I have both hands in my pocket. My real hand is free to grope as I please.
 

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CRF50 Squid
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I didn't know groping was so life threatening.

And if a woman ever groped me, I'd be happier than a pig in the mud :1pimp
What if some sleaze ball like Mopar groped you?
 

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CRF50 Squid
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I see. So now you have to reward him for his accomplishment.
 

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The Benchwarmer
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I didn't know groping was so life threatening.

And if a woman ever groped me, I'd be happier than a pig in the mud :1pimp
even if they looked like



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see its different with girls, most men are repulsive, its not like they have someone like brad pitt or george clooney, or the rock/vin diesel (to suit the ladies here) touchin their ass. its more like they have a dirty old piece of shit that looks like death trying to grope at em
 
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