On the morning of the 2th, almost two years before Saitama Prefecture's ordinance requiring people to stop and ride escalators, Governor Ohno of Saitama Prefecture and others called on both sides of escalators to stop at stations in Saitama City.
In October, Saitama Prefecture became the first prefecture in Japan to enforce an ordinance requiring escalator users to stop and ride.
On the morning of the 10th, Governor Ohno and university students handed out leaflets at JR Urawa Station in Urawa Ward, Saitama City, calling for the safe use of escalators.
In the Kanto region, the custom of riding with the right side of the escalator open is widespread, and some people can be seen walking there, and university students were holding placards that said "Stop on both the left and right sides" and stopped on the right side to call for it.
The second-year university student who called for me said, "Some people were in a hurry on foot, but it was dangerous, so I would like you to stop on either side of the road."
Governor Ohno said, "Although the ordinance has not yet fully penetrated, there are people with disabilities and the elderly who are afraid to be walked, and we would like to spread the call to stop on both sides of the escalator in order to avoid traffic congestion on the escalator."