I was somewhat surprised to learn that this is still an issue here. I remember when I first came to Japan I had to battle sexual harassment on a nearly daily basis, not only in the workplace (I actually quit two jobs because of unbearable harassment from male colleagues) but on the trains too, as I’ve posted before. Most people turned a blind eye to it. However, the issue has come to the forefront in recent years, and public awareness has greatly increased as a result. Young men especially are very aware of the ramifications of being accused of this sort of behaviour. In fact, in my workplace the men are unfailingly polite and take great pains to keep their distance from their female co-workers, even to the point of avoiding being alone in a room with us. I actually feel sorry for them sometimes (and a bit sorry for myself … I kind of miss the innocent workplace flirtations. Don’t you?).