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Claim: Photograph shows an advisory sign explaining priority seating for Japanese metro train passengers.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: Many countries have taken to using pictographic signs in public facilities such as airports
If the advisory sign shown above (purportedly displayed in Japanese metro system trains) seems somewhat puzzling to you, even after you've read the explanation of what it supposedly represents, you're not alone. It isn't a genuine sign; it's a prankishly modified version of the real thing.
The altered version depicts four stages of
The genuine notice advises metro riders that priority seating should be given to:
1) Passengers with children
2) Pregnant women
3) The elderly (or other persons with physical conditions that make it difficult for them to stand)
4) Passengers with leg or foot injuries
Last updated: 16 March 2004
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