Selfie sticks banned by major Japanese train operator, finally. No wonder. To put this in perspective: So far in 2015, more people around the world have died as a result of selfie mishaps than have died from shark attacks.
Last incident: A 66-year-old Japanese tourist has died after falling down stairs while attempting to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal.
With Japanese society’s overlapping loves of photography, smartphones, and social media, it was only a matter of time until selfie sticks took the country by storm. They’re an especially common site at tourist destinations in the country, since no proper Japanese journey is complete without commemorative photos taken of the group posing with the most famous local attraction, shinkansen, and possibly whatever the local culinary delicacy is.
But as of this weekend, there are 1,195 places where you’ll see plenty of travelers but not a single selfie stick: the train stations of western Japan, which have prohibited their use.
So? Easy. Just ask your friend or a stranger to take your picture. Or robots will do this instead for us soon? ;)