Robert: Japanese prefecture bans walking on escalators

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A Japanese prefecture near Tokyo has announced that as of October 1st, escalator passengers are to stand in place while being transported up or down.

The Saitama prefectural assembly recently enacted a draft ordinance that requires riders on escalators to stand in place, rather than attempting to walk up or down the escalator stairs.

“We need to deliver a strong message to the public to alter practices that have become so pervasive as to be perceived as custom,” said Shinichi Nakayashiki, chief of policy affairs of the Liberal Democratic Party.

The Japan Elevator Association notes there were 805 reported incidents of people being injured as a result of moving on escalators between January 2018 and December 2019.

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