Japanese train station safety barriers

17 Mar

Many things in Japan are high-tech far beyond other countries…such as toilets and bathtubs, vending machines, etc.

And the “accessibility” for the handicapped in Japan has become quite good…for example, braille is on many things here including money, alcohol and shampoo (Click here to read a post I wrote about that.)

But there was one thing that I also should be changed…the lack of safety barriers on train and subway platforms.

Thankfully there aren’t very many cases…but on occasion, drunk, blind or careless people have fallen off of the platforms.
And, unfortunately, suicidal people have jumped from them onto the path of oncoming trains.

But, of course, I’m not the only who noticed this problem and more and more train stations are installing safety barriers to keep people from falling (or jumping) from the platforms.
Eventually all of the train stations in Japan will have them!

And, of course, train station platform safety barriers in Japan are high-tech.

Check out this video:

(hat tip: RocketNews24)

12 Responses to “Japanese train station safety barriers”

  1. Ashley Løseth March 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    I was watching the Korean version of Playful Kiss recently and noticed the safety doors at the train stations there. I think they are brilliant and should have been thought up sooner. The gates in the video are great too, but the ones in the drama are even better as they cover floor to ceiling. I pointed them out to my sister and said “Japan should have these! Every station in the world should have these!”


    • tokyo5 March 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

      >Playful Kiss

      What’s that? A Korean TV show?

      >Japan should have these!

      I think the ones that Japan has are fine…they just need to be on every station platform in the country.


      • Ashley Løseth March 19, 2014 at 5:04 am #

        Yes, it’s based on a manga. There was a Japanese version in the 90’s and I think there’s a new movie version too.

        I agree and they are definitely better than nothing. I just think that floor to ceiling is better as far as suicide prevention is concerned.


      • tokyo5 March 19, 2014 at 7:24 am #

        But those would be difficult, if not impossible, to install on train station (as opposed to “subway station”) platforms.


      • Ashley Løseth March 19, 2014 at 5:12 am #

        Also, what I meant was just that I hadn’t heard of any gates at Japanese stations at the time.


      • tokyo5 March 19, 2014 at 7:24 am #

        I see.


  2. ddupre315 March 18, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    I haven’t seen the lifting up ones yet either. Cool.


    • tokyo5 March 18, 2014 at 8:36 am #

      I have seen them…but they’re not common.


  3. Lorna March 18, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    I was in Japan in 2012, and I didn’t see such barriers then. I always wondered how many accidents happened w/o those separations. Now, I don’t need to wonder any more!


    • tokyo5 March 18, 2014 at 8:35 am #

      Even before 2012, there were already some train stations that have platform barriers.

      They’re expensive so it’s taking awhile…but eventually every station will have them.


  4. celia knox March 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Wow, I’ve never seen any of those types of gates that lift up! It does look a lot safer than just a bare platform, especially for when express trains fly past.


    • tokyo5 March 17, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

      The type that open to the side are more common.


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