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Shadow ‘boyfriends’ guard Tokyo women living alone

Apr 02. 2018
'Man on the Curtain' projects a man’s moving silhouette unto a window to make people outside believe there is more than one person in a particular apartment unit. (Vimeo/ManOnTheCurtain/-)
'Man on the Curtain' projects a man’s moving silhouette unto a window to make people outside believe there is more than one person in a particular apartment unit. (Vimeo/ManOnTheCurtain/-)
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By Philippine Daily Inquirer
Asia News Network

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Single women in Tokyo, Japan need not feel frightened living alone, all thanks to shadow boyfriends which are made to scare off potential criminals.

Apartment management company Leo Palace 21 created what it calls a “Man on the Curtain” for Tokyo residents as part of its Next Security Project. The system projects a man’s moving silhouette unto a window to make people outside believe there is more than one person in a particular apartment unit.

There are twelve different moving silhouettes to choose from, be it a man cleaning the room or a martial artist practicing his kicks and punches, the company stated.

Japan currently enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the world and is ranked 10th on the 2017 Global Peace Index. Despite the country’s good peace and order situation, criminal incidents still occur from time to time. Perhaps preventive measures like the “Man on the Curtain” tool can help people sleep a little better at night.

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