An Australian travel vlogger is now in hot water after filming himself going inside a “women-only” train carriage in Japan and calling himself a “women inspector.”
What happened: TikTok user @ShearingShedVlogs, whose real name is Turan William Salis, posted a video of the incident on TikTok last week. He wrote in the post’s description that Japan’s “women-only” carriage was “the last thing I would expect to see in such a free country like Japan.”
The video starts with the travel vlogger entering a women-only train carriage, even noting how it is “like Saudi Arabia in here.” He then proclaims in the video that he is a “women inspector” checking whether the carriage only has women inside it.
“It really is a women-only carriage, guys,” he says before the video ends. The 21-second video has garnered over 2.2 million views and more than 134,000 likes.
How people reacted: Several TikTok users criticized the travel vlogger for his actions, with one user commenting, “It’s for women’s safety. You literally made the whole train uncomfortable by not following the rules written IN HUGE LETTERS.”
“Women in Japan suffer a lot of sexual harassment in trains and public transport as a whole,” another TikTok user said. “This is protection, not segregation.”
Why it matters: The carriage’s purpose is to give women a safe space from public molestation, known as chikan. Offenders commonly lurk in crowded public trains. It is reportedly not illegal for a man to enter a women-only train carriage.
Not the first time:
The Australian influencer previously got in trouble
with Japanese police for walking around without wearing a shirt in public.