September 3, 2011
It turned out by the coverage to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism that a crossing without a crossing gate and an alarm went up to ten percent or more of the whole crossing in Shizuoka Prefecture.
There are 842 crossings in the prefecture, and 86 of them are a crossing without a crossing gate and an alarm as of the end of March, 2011. These crossings are set up most on a local line that carries few passengers.
There were 48 crossing accidents across in the country in 2009 and 6 of them occurred in Shizuoka. It is dangerous for the elderly people who have difficulty in walking and persons who are deaf/hard of hearing to pass through such a crossing.
Although the railroad company recognizes danger, it does not improve the crossing system easily for reasons of financial difficulties, etc.