Tourists to Kabukicho in Shinjuku and in Roppongi receiving spiked drinks

If you’re thinking of coming to Japan as a tourist and plan on hitting a few of the hot spots like Roppongi and Kabukicho in Shinjuku, it might be a good idea to find out what exactly it is you are being offered to drink. It seems like spiked drinks are on the increase in order for the intended target to be robbed. In this report, it doesn’t mention who is doing the spiking and what tourists might be targeted. Let’s not jump to conclusions that drink spiking is being strictly done by Japanese preying on tourists who in most instances are under the mistaken impression all of Japan is “safe.” So, if you’re a tourist in Roppongi or to the Kabukicho area looking for a little titty entertainment and booze, make sure you know what it is you are drinking or where it was served from.

Source: Tokyo reporter

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

By Tokyo Reporter Staff

August 2, 2016

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.

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