Smelly attempt at terrorism only seems to have galvanized the need for women-exclusive sections on trains.
On 26 May, all five groups of the Nagoya City Council received a package from an anonymous source. Inside was a letter that specifically demanded an end to the use of women-only train carriages on the Higashiyama Line of the municipal subway system during weekdays.
In addition, each package included a small container filled with a mysterious liquid described as “yellowish” and “having an offensive odor” by some. The identity of the contents is unknown…but I think we can all see where this is going.
According to reports the letter also explained that its sender had sent similar packages to places like train stations before, but the grievant was “now sending them to the city council because the situation still hasn’t changed and action is wanted.”
Police confirmed that each station along the Higashiyama Line and Nagoya City Hall had received similar letters in March, complete with the containers of foul smelling yellow liquid.
Comments were all in agreement that this incident has pretty much put an end to the argument for abolishing women-only cars on trains, and that they are, without a doubt, necessary.
“Now I’m convinced… With guys like that around we definitely need women-only cars.”
“Further proof that people opposed to women-only cars are nuts.”
“Are people still mad about this?”
“I don’t get it. Why not ask for male-only cars rather than abolishing women-only cars?”
“This guy never gives his reason for wanting to end the cars?”
“Other women-only car abolitionists are probably going to say that this is a false flag operation designed to smear them.”
“Sure, we’ll get rid of them, right after we deal with the bigger problem of molestation on trains.”
So with the debate settled, there’s still the matter of catching this individual. Once the culprit finds out that no one has any intention of stopping train cars exclusive to women, the situation may escalate.
Aichi Prefectural police are currently investigating it as an obstruction of business crime. Perhaps they ought to do it like in Silence of the Lambs and send a detective over to Fukuoka to interview the guy who was arrested for threatening to kill students who wore socks to get some insight.