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Are You Aware of the "Baby Car" Signage in Japan?

Lottie moved from Holland with her entire family. She is currently grappling with child-rearing in the unaccustomed environment of Japan. When going out on an errand with her daughter Emma who has been placed in a baby stroller, Lottie bumps into her next-door neighbor Miyuki.

Are You Aware of the "Baby Car" Signage in Japan?

Miyuki

Hello there Lottie. I see you are taking a walk with your baby stroller.

Lottie

Yes, isn't the weather grand! At last it is the sort of good weather where you can run errands with a baby in tow. That reminds me, could you tell me something about using strollers here in Japan?

Miyuki

What do you want to know?

Lottie

When getting on trains and buses, do we have to collapse our strollers?  In Holland, even if you get on public transport with a child seated in a baby stroller, almost nobody seems to mind. When my husband was on a business trip to Japan last year, however, he said he witnessed an argument on a train between people over a baby stroller. That got me a little worried....

Miyuki

Now that you mention it, in March this year the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) fixed some rules regarding baby stroller usage. Basically, you can now use public transport without collapsing your baby stroller. Furthermore, they are also introducing "baby car" signage. Such signs indicate spaces on public transport where priority is given to people traveling with strollers.

Lottie

That puts my mind at ease!

Miyuki

By contrast, for locations such as elevators, etc., where it can be dangerous to get on without collapsing a baby stroller, there is "baby cars forbidden" signage as well. Please keep that in mind.

Lottie and Miyuki continue to talk about good manners when using baby strollers.

Lottie

Because there are so many different people who use trains and buses, it seems rather difficult to decide upon a set of rules that everybody could agree on.

Miyuki

I know what you mean. Speaking as a mother, it is "almost impossible to carry both a collapsed baby stroller and a small child, while also juggling many other items as well."

Lottie

On trains full of people commuting to work or school, I can understand the irritation with baby strollers that take up so much space.

Miyuki

Concerning "baby car" priority signage and "baby cars forbidden" signage, both aim to create a public-transport environment that is safe for passengers with baby strollers and others as well.

Lottie

If we want to feel the warmth of other passengers, for people like myself who use a baby stroller, we need to take care to ensure we don't bump into other passengers, and that we don't block their movement either.

Miyuki

It is important that everyone display good manners and consideration towards one another so we can all utilize public transport with a positive mindset.

Conference Regarding the Use of Baby Strollers on Public Transport, Etc.