• Kyodo


Budget cuts and widespread labor shortage issues have led rail operators in Japan to cease staffing many less-frequented train stations, causing major accessibility problems for people with disabilities.

Harumi Yoshida is just one person who has seen his ability to travel curtailed by the lack of assistance at train stations.

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