April 23 2021
In January of this year, a local group for visually impaired people submitted a request to Tobu Railway to strengthen measures to prevent falls after an accident in which a visually impaired man fell and died at a station in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo.
This accident occurred on January 28, this year, when a visually impaired man in his 60s fell on to a railroad track at Shimo-Akatsuka Station on the Tobu-Tojo Line in Itabashi Ward and was hit by a train and died. Three months before the accident, visually impaired groups in Itabashi Ward and Toshima Ward submitted a request to Tobu Railway to strengthen fall prevention measures. In the request form, we requested the early realization of the installation of platform doors and the active voice of visually impaired people.
Tobu Railway told the visually impaired group that it would consider training station staff by walking trainers who provide walking guidance for the visually impaired.
“I know that there is not much communication between the visually impaired and the railway operator in many ways, including this accident, so I have the opportunity to talk with local visually impaired groups. I think we have to do something that directly conveys what we are having trouble with” says Hirokazu Ichihara of the Tokyo Metropolitan Welfare Association for the Blind.