Japanese city banned smartphone usage street walking - For a few years now, mobile phones seem to be an extension of the arm, as the population has become accustomed to taking them with them everywhere.

How many times have you walked down the street while looking at your mobile phone and been about to hit a signal or a person.

That's why the Japanese city of Yamato, a suburb just 30 km from Tokyo, has decided to take action on this, banning the use of mobile while walking since last June, but without any sanctions.

This is not the first time a country has imposed restrictions on the use of mobile while walking, as cities like Ilsan in South Korea or Chongqing in China installed flashing lights on the roads to warn this type of pedestrian and created a specific lane for these bystanders, respectively.

In Japan, these "annoying" people are known as arukisumaho, or what is the same, pedestrians walking slowly through the streets by going glued to the mobile screen. The mayor of the city prefers to call them " zombies with mobile phones."

” It's just dangerous, " explains Satoru Ohki, Yamato's mayor and senior political figure.

But Japanese citizens themselves are aware of the threat. In a survey last year of 562 people who use smartphones on a daily basis in Japan, 96.6% of respondents said they understood the danger, 13.2% had already experienced shocks while walking with their mobile phone, and at least 9.5% said they had been injured by arukisumaho.

Japanese city banned smartphone usage street walking

To ensure compliance with this new security measure, the mayor has not thought it convenient to have more police patrolling the streets and watching that bystanders do not use their phones, because he believes that the population will listen.

However, he did hire several workers to put up informative cloth posters at the city's train station, while a recording was played explaining the new ordinance.

As a relatively new measure, it is not yet being implemented in all situations, but is expected to achieve success in the near future, as has happened with other similar laws such as the ban on smoking while walking.

“This law was not designed to change anything tomorrow or the past, not even in a year. My plan was to see it established in more than 5 years” " says Ohki.

The lawyer of Nakamura Law Offices in Shibuya, Naota Suzuki, agrees that such unpunished laws can become very effective, because in Japan there is a very deep-rooted concept in society called meiwaku, which means " to be a nuisance to others."

However, he warns that the Great addiction to checking the mobile phone could pose a problem. "If our desire to review our phones triumphs over the social discomfort of not following the law, then the situation will no longer be uncomfortable."

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