I didn't mean to start on such a sombre note, I just have really mixed feelings about going back to Canada some time next year but I need to leave Japan (at least for some years) to do what I gotta do. Living in Tokyo has never been a permanent plan. When I look at the short time I may have left in Japan I've begun to think of all the places and things left to do here before I leave and it is pretty exciting. It's time to shake things up. This year is going to be life-changing.
Now on to what you really want.
As I dashed through the station at the end of last year and saw this, I initially thought the nice young lady was helping a poor homeless boy. But they are asking her to do it at home? I pondered. I looked closer and apparently they now want us to be considerate of passengers getting on and off the train. Well OK, but this is Tokyo not some inaka train where kids sit on the floor. I've never seen a non-drunk person sitting on the floor of a train in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area (once you get over the border into Saitama or Chiba though...). But let's just go with this suspension of disbelief. I would have preferred to see some hot young high school boys slumped around the doors than some loser with an iphone and a concerned-looking girlfriend who has worked her mouth into a tight cat's bum. This is just a strange and irritating waste of one perfectly good manner month. They better get those creative juices flowing again by February or March's poster is going to be a "Please riot at home" theme.