September 25th 2018
A rally meeting was held at a JR Kyushu station in Oita city on the 24th, against the large scale reduction of unmanned stations. The association, “Oita Prefecture Assembly that anyone can live in peace” was formed . Participants strongly aired concerns about their daily lives. The association has collected seventy thousand signatures and JR Kyushu confirmed that they will request a review.
Approximately 80 people from the prefecture participated. Opinions pointing to concerns of uneasiness due to unmanned station and reduced convenience.
Mr. Yoshimi Kinomiya (44) , who is visually impaired and lives with a guide dog emphasizes that it will be a big hindrance to social participation. Kimiya Miyanishi (56) , who uses a wheelchair, said: “The city, the co-chairperson of the same association said ” I’m angry with proceeding rationalization without fulfilling the mission of public transportation and protesting the pursuit of profit easily. “