Due to repeated incidents of passengers falling off railway station platforms, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and railroad companies will install platform doors at 882 train stations before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
This number has increased by nearly 100 stations since its initial plan due to fatal accidents involving visually impaired passengers falling onto train tracks in 2016, Sankei Shimbun reported.
According to the ministry, as of March 2017, only 686 stations throughout Japan, roughly 7% nationwide, have platform doors installed. With the assistance of railway companies, the ministry originally planned to increase this number to 800 stations before the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. These platform doors would have been prioritized to stations in urban areas that have high passenger traffic.
However, in response to a fatal accident in August 2016 along the Tokyo Ginza subway line in which a visually impaired man was struck by a train after falling from the platform, the plan has advanced to installing platform doors at 882 stations, approximately 100 more than the original target.
The latest station to get the accident prevention barrier doors is JR Ueno Station. On Nov 23, the doors became operational along the Keihin-Tohoku line platform.© Japan Today