Disability Japan Travel Unmanned Stations

Despite concerns about access from disability groups, new JR Station to have AI guide robot and ‘unstaffed’ convenience store

JR East hopes to make the Takanawa Gateway Station on its Yamanote Line a model for its future stations with cutting-edge technologies, but disability action groups in Japan have voiced concerns about 'unstaffed' stations before.

Written with extracts from Jiji Press and Barrier Free Japan

December 3rd 2019

TOKYOEast Japan Railway Co. said Tuesday it will introduce a guide robot utilizing artificial intelligence and an unstaffed convenience store at a new station slated to open in Tokyo in April 2020.

JR East hopes to make the Takanawa Gateway Station on its Yamanote Line a model for its future stations with cutting-edge technologies, officials said.

Disability action groups in Japan have voiced concerns about ‘unstaffed‘ stations before.

In November 2019, a disability action group in Kyushu highlighted concerns about ‘unstaffed’ stations. An Oita City based disability association submitted signatures for 73,113 people who requested the withdrawal of the plan. Based on the prefectural ordinance prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities.

A spokesperson for the Oita City based disability group is quoted as saying:

“I want to make a trial to ask the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act and Prefectural Ordinance with reasonable considerations.”

0 comments on “Despite concerns about access from disability groups, new JR Station to have AI guide robot and ‘unstaffed’ convenience store

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: