A visually impaired man who was walking with his guide dog along the platform at Aoyama-itchome Station on the Ginza subway line in Tokyo fell onto the tracks and was hit by a train on Monday night.The victim was identified as Naoto Shinada, 55. He was taken to hospital where he died about three hours later, police said.
According to police, Shinada was seen with his guide dog walking along the edge of the platform just before 6 p.m., Fuji TV reported. A station employee noticed him walking diagonally across the white line near the platform and called out to him on the PA system.
Witnesses said Shinada suddenly fell onto the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train. The dog remained on the platform and was unharmed.
Although the platform has yellow blocks for visually impaired people, there are no gates on the platform.
Tokyo Metro said it plans to have gates installed on platforms at all 179 stations on its nine lines by 2018. Currently, 85 stations have platform doors.© Japan Today