U.S. Embassy says ‘spiked drink’ cases on rise in Roppongi, Kabukicho

Embassy continues to receive reports from U.S. tourists who have been drugged and robbed

A man smokes a cigarette in front of strip club T.S. Music in Kabukicho (The Tokyo Reporter)
A man smokes a cigarette in front of strip club T.S. Music in Kabukicho (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.”

Though the warning emphasized that “hundreds of thousands of tourists have safe and enjoyable visits to Tokyo,” it suggested that tourists not bring credit cards, go clubbing alone, enter a bar through an invitation from a street tout or accept a free drink.

The warning also advised against the use of illegal drugs. “Remember that possession or use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, are serious crimes in Japan,” it said. “Convictions for drug offenses result in lengthy sentences.”

In 2015 and the year before, the Embassy issued similar warnings.

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