Progress on installing protective barriers on Japan’s train station platforms have stalled, according to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. Railway companies have installed platform barriers on only 34, or 14 percent, of the 235 stations (with 100,000 or more passengers per day) for which the ministry had requested barriers.

The lack of barriers at the more crowded stations means that millions of passengers walk, stand and wait in dangerous conditions every day.

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