Hi everyone! I have heard that the trains in Japan have tags you can put on your bag that signal you have invisible illness and may need a seat. I was wondering where I could go about getting one? I will be in Japan for a few weeks. The one I have seen pictures of is red, and has a + sign on it, and a heart.
I will be visiting Tokyo first so any place in Tokyo where I could get one of those tags would be helpful!
They are called “Help Mark” (ヘルプマーク, herupu-maaku) and the easiest place to get them is at the office of a Toei subway station (note that Toei subway lines are the government transportation lines and are different than Tokyo Metro which is a private company). However, they are not available at the following stations: Oshiage, Meguro, Shiraganedai, Shiragane Takanawa, or Shinjuku. But any other station should be fine.
From my understanding, because it is not an official medical identification, there is no real application. So, I wouldn’t go out of your way to get any documentation translated. I think just asking will be fine.
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