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Sure, an open-style platform works fine when all systems are normal. But what if a crowd swarmed the platform? Or if a dizzy spell befell me? Or if I got a big bump from behind? All of a sudden my daily commute feels like an accident waiting to happen.

Accidents do happen. In the six months from April to September last year there were 119 platform accidents in Japan. Passengers were seriously injured or killed when they fell from station platforms, or because they were too close to a platform’s edge and were struck by an arriving train.

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