Leave it to Japan to come up with things you’ve never thought of before.
For some reason, the country has made public seats which you can’t use. Japanese Twitter user @C_Kyoro was the first one to bring the matter to everyone’s attention after he recently took to the social media to share a picture of the seats he spotted in Tokyo.
— 路地徘徊人 (@C_Kyoro) December 12, 2017
Based on the photo, the seats are located near the streets. They would have been a nice spot for you to take a brief break after a long walk or a long wait, if they don’t have the metal plate stuck in the mid part.
In the caption, the Twitter user suggested that the seats were apparently the government’s response to the fact that many people, including the homeless ones, would use public seatings as their place to sleep. “The sign of an intolerant society: far from not allowing people to sleep, not even allowing them to sit,” it reads.
And no, you’re not the only one confused about the design. In response to @C_Kyoro’s post, some Japanese commenters asked why the government didn’t remove the seats altogether if they didn’t want anyone to use it.
“The blade-like construction is dangerous. What if people fall and injure themselves?” one commenter wrote. “I think it’s to prevent skateboarders from grinding on them. But if that’s the case, why not remove them completely instead?” another said.
Another commenter shared a photo of a public seat they found in Canada and praised it for being friendly to even homeless people. “Here’s a bench in Canada, designed to shelter homeless people from rain if required. What a great design and a good example of proper tax usage,” the user said.
— ぶっちゃけ丸 (@butchakemaru) December 13, 2017
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