Why Xbox Fans Are Called “Gropers” in JapanBrian Ashcraft7/02/13 4:00amFiled to: Japanxboxxbox 360xbox onemicrosoftkotakueastkotakucore1041EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe Xbox consoles are not popular in Japan. That doesn't mean those game machines lack hardcore fans. They certainly exist in the region. And online in Japan, there's a disparaging nickname for them: "gropers". AdvertisementThe Japanese word is "chikan" (痴漢), which translates as "groper" or "molester". "Chikan" is certainly not something anyone wants to be called, but online in Japan, it's how hardcore gamers mock Xbox fans. The nickname, however, is not used for those who own and enjoy other Microsoft products. Windows is used widely in Japan, and those OS users are not called "gropers". It's also a word that you can see on Japanese public transportation, either on notices or via PA announcements that point out the obvious: "Chikan wa hanzai desu" (痴漢は犯罪です) or "Groping is a crime". Some in Japan dislike these warnings as they imply that everyone could be compelled to touch fellow passengers on the train, which is simply not true. Regardless, groping has been enough of a problem to warrant said announcements as well as women's only carriages. Xbox fans aren't the only ones with mean nicknames. As previously posted, Sony fans in Japan are dubbed "cockroaches" online. (Nintendo fans have an unpleasant nickname of their own, and Kotaku will be covering that in the future.) It's worth noting that these nicknames are typically found on 2ch's game hardware threads, especially when things get heated. However, you can also find them in the comment sections of popular Japanese game blogs. ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.