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“Your disability certificate is fake” bus driver in Japan refuses male passenger with a disability over possibly expired disability certificate

A 52-year-old male driver of Orihime Bus, a route bus in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture, told a male passenger with a left leg and heart trouble to get off the bus early and said, "Your disability certificate is a fake," according to an interview with the bus company Kiryu Asahi Jidosha and the city, which outsources its operation. According to the company, the driver had said that he had been given a disability certificate for six months.

From Kyodo News via Yahoo! Japan

August 23 2022

GUNMA – A 52-year-old male driver of Orihime Bus, a route bus in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture, told a male passenger with a left leg and heart trouble to get off the bus early and said, “Your disability certificate is a fake,” according to an interview with the bus company Kiryu Asahi Jidosha and the city, which outsources its operation. According to the company, the driver had said that he had been given a disability certificate for six months.

According to the company, on June 21, the driver rushed the man to get off the bus by saying, “Please get off.” On July 26, the driver made the man present his disability certificate and said, “Show me the contents,” “It’s a fake,” and then got off the bus himself and said, “You are misusing the certificate.”

The man protested to the city and the company between June 21 and July 26.

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