I've heard that in some (but not all!) areas in the middle east, there's a stereotype held by some (but not all!) that western women are easy. From The Arab myth of western women by Khaled Diab:

In this view, western women are oversexed, promiscuous and have revolving doors in their knickers. "A typical Egyptian male is a firm believer that any western woman is an easy catch and would not mind at all having sex with complete strangers," observes Ahmed, an old college friend.

This can lead to hassle and harassment for western women travelling or living in Egypt and some other Arab countries, although in places like Yemen men will either just stare or the western woman will become invisible like the local women, as my wife found while travelling alone through the country. Of course, given the potent mix of sexual repression, poverty, ignorance, the growing disappearance of the traditional model of respect for women and the failure to replace it with a modern equivalent, you don't have to be western to be harassed on the streets.

Are Japanese women visiting such countries at risk of having the same stereotypes applied to them? If so, what can individuals do to avoid being perceived that way?

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    I think difficult to answer your question. Arab countries (I'm assuming you're confusing the Middle East with Arab countries) are very different. The culture in the north African countries is very different from the culture in the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan..) which is in turn different from the culture in the Gulf countries. Even in the same country you'll see huge differences between some regions and cities. If you make the question a bit more specific, I (and I think others as well) will be able to write a suitable answer.
    – Adi
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 12:21
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    @Adnan thanks for your comment. To be honest, one reason I used "middle east" rather than "arab countries" is that I didn't want to be accused (yet again) of being racist (not by you - by someone else!). Also, while I know people from various parts of the middle east (including Egypt, Jordan, and Iran (if that counts as "middle east")), I haven't yet taken as much an interest in its culture as that from other parts of the world.
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 12:35
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    I'm unaware of the nature of the accusations you faced previously, but I don't see how saying "Arab", "Jewish" or "Black" is considered racist. Regardless of that, your comment doesn't address the concerns raised in my comment. As it currently stands, your question is too broad to be answered in satisfying manner. Please try to narrow it.
    – Adi
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 12:41
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    Voted to close. Are you sure you are not projecting your opinion on japanese women on the middle east?
    – user141
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 13:04
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    @Andrew Grimm: at least 150 milion people living in what is usually qualified as "Middle East" are not Arabic. Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 13:17