|Above, the Roppongi entertainment and nightlife district of Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Japan, in general, is relatively a very safe place, but no country is 100% crime-free.
There is a disturbing trend in some of Tokyo's entertainment districts.
According to The Tokyo Reporter:
TOKYO (TR) – The Embassy of the United States issued a warning to its citizens on Tuesday regarding continuing reports of theft or fraud that result from “drink spiking” incidents taking place at bars and clubs in major entertainment areas of the metropolis.
“Some of Tokyo’s entertainment and nightlife districts — in particular, the Roppongi and Kabukicho areas — have a higher level of crime compared to other parts of the city,” the warning said. “The Embassy recommends that you use caution in all entertainment and nightlife districts throughout Japan. Complaints of robberies committed after a victim has been drugged from a spiked drink are increasing. The Embassy also receives reports of credit card fraud, extortion, and even assault in these districts.”In any place, it is best to use caution and, if possible, when going to any entertainment and nightlife districts, bring a buddy.
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