Visually-impaired man injured as train drags him short distance


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Poor soul. Wishing him a speedy recovery & rehabilitation so he can enjoy the rest of his life.

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Some elevator & train doors in Japan notoriously still w/out adequate obstruction/motion sensors.

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With the approaching Paralympics showcasing the potential of challenged persons, when will Japan upgraded the doors & elevators?

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Daily CM’s tout the superior auto-sensing and AI innovations by the Japanese auto industry, HVAC producers, etc, ALL sponsors of the 2020-1 Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games.

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I wonder why the train driver didn’t see the man stuck at the door! To the best of my knowledge they are suppose to check the monitors above their head which shows all the doors of the train.

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I've always thought that these platforms without gaurdrails are deadly.

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Those canes should be bright fluorescent orange so easily seen in person and on monitors.

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There is a line that people have to stand behind on the platform before a train takes off so I don't get it. His hand was stuck inside the carriage, he would have been standing too close to the train

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Of course the conductor couldn't do a quick verbal check and say "Hey, please step away from the door, sir!" to which the visually impaired man could say "I'm stuck." That would have taken all of 15 seconds, which would have interfered with the schedule, which would be unforgivable.

Just goes to show that the impeccable timeliness of Japanese trains is not without its cost. i.e. the Amagasaki derailment. Perhaps trains that don't arrive +/- 10 seconds, but rather +/- 3 minutes would be a cost worth the benefit of greater safety.


But hey, in my hometown trains are all automatic. No conductor at all, so I suppose this incident would have occured there too. Maybe the solution is for passengers to be more aware, and hit the emergency stop button, or force the door open and let the man in. Either way, I feel super bad for the poor guy.


I think I just secretly want the trains to be a little more loose, because I feel it would make the culture as a whole a little more loose, and everyone could relax a little more.

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24-year-old conductor

Probably a fresh graduate on his training, poor guy is gonna get a smack from oyaji bosses.

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Perhaps an oversight @Lamily 9:12a, you may have missed he was ‘trying to board’ and the young conductor misinterpreted the passenger’s intention of ‘getting on’ vs just ‘seeing someone off’:

- “when his hand holding a white cane for visually impaired people was trapped in the train doors. As the white cane was already through the doors when the 24 year old conductor looked down the platform, he did not realize a visually impaired passenger was attempting to board. He closed the doors believing the man was seeing somebody off and standing back from the platform edge.” -

They’ve made a point of the conductor’s age so lack of practical experience an/or the pressure to depart on schedule may also be a factor. -

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Studied long ago an interesting philosophical difference between the West and the East: in the former, it is "Do unto others as you would have done unto you," while in the latter, it's "Leave me friggin' alone." I'll try to help people to the extent of my abilities, and sometimes they're quite grateful, but often, they brush me off, in which case I immediately leave themselves to their own defenses.

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It wasn't the conductors fault. Who could have known? At least the man survived.

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It wasn't the conductors fault. Who could have known?

It's not the fault of the conductor who is required to visually confirm that no one is caught in the doors when leaving the station?

How is it not his fault if he doesn't do his job? And this isn't some unknown rule, people died in the past from this, which is why laws were enacted requiring visual confirmation.

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