Apr 28, 2018
Japan has it's flaws, especially when it comes to the disabled. I don't want to get into all of that though, because I'm writing to showcase an example of where Japan got it right in the most Japanese way possible: wheelchair-accessible phone booths.
Sure, phone-booths may be nearly obsolete thanks to smartphones.
Sure, there's wi-fi available at that very spot.
Sure, it's not even an international payphone and the phone booth is at the airport.
But hey, progress is progress. I've never seen a wheelchair accessible phone booth in all my travels across the globe. Have you? Sure, it may not be the most dire necessity, but if there is a disabled patron who needs to access a phone, he/she now has the same services available as others--and equality is something I will never scoff at.
Instead, I say, Well done, Japan.
Hitting the books once again as a Ph.D. student in Niigata Prefecture. Although I've lived in Japan many years, life as a student in this country is a first.
Blessed Dad. Lucky Husband. Happy Gaijin (most of the time).