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U.S. Embassy issues ‘drink spiking’ warning for Roppongi, Kabukicho


TOKYO (TR) – The Embassy of the United States issued a warning to its citizens on Monday 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.

“Complaints of robberies committed after a victim has been drugged from a spiked drink are increasing,”the warning said. “Some of Tokyo’s entertainment and nightlife districts — in particular, the Roppongi and Kabukicho areas — are considered high-risk areas for crime, and the Embassy receives reports of drink spiking, credit card fraud, extortion, and even assault in these districts.”

Though the warning emphasized that Tokyo is a “very safe place for visitors,” it suggested that tourists not go clubbing alone, enter a bar through an invitation from a street tout or accept a free drink.

Last month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced an intensification of patrols to combat an increase in the number of incidents in which clubs in Kabukicho overcharge customers.

The rash of crimes is not a new development. In November of last year, the Embassy issued a similar warning.