Trivia time! Ever wondered why the major train stations in Tokyo have these barriers? They run throughout the length of the platform and have doors where the train's doors are, preventing you from falling off the edge to your death, when the platform gets too crowded, or when you're too tipsy to stand straight, also making it a little more difficult for you to paralyze the train system, shall you be seeking to end your life under a train's wheels. Or at least making you choose a less busy station, possibly. 😅
But do people really get THAT drunk, or do the stations really get THAT crowded? I did some googling and I came across an article in @thejapantimes from 2012, when these were getting built. According to the article, there were as many as 119 platform accidents over just a 6 month period in 2011. Alcohol was a factor in 60% of them, but that also means that for almost 50 people (I did the math) injured or killed in such accidents, it WAS NOT. Definitely something worth keeping in mind, especially, but not only, when taking the train during rush hour. Let's be thankful for the barriers keeping us safe and also adding a cool, futuristic feel to the station!