Anti-Groping Smartphone App is Popular in Japan

Women in crowded trains and other public places in Japan often face sexual harassment, but are typically too afraid to call out.

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TOKYO (AP) — A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains. The “Digi Police” app was originally issued by Tokyo police three years ago, but a function to scare off molesters was only added a few months ago. Since then, the app has reportedly been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times — unusual for a government-developed mobile application. Women in…

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