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VOX POPULI: Often a reason it's not bad manners to stand still on elevators

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I recently learned of the existence of a tag with an illustration of an escalator and the words, "I am standing on this side for a reason."

It was designed and issued three years ago by the Tokyo Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) to help the public appreciate the unease felt by people with physical disabilities when they ride an escalator.

For years, it has been considered good manners to leave one side of the escalator open--the right side in Tokyo and the left side in Osaka.

But anyone with a disability on one side of their body needs........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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