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  • Applying for a handicap pass for train use

    I had an operation on my leaky aotic valve in my heart and now have titanium on the valve, i heard I can apply for rail discount card for discounts on trains. Does anyone know how to go about the process?

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    Handicap ID is controlled by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, so I would suggest starting at the bottom of that tree. Visit a medical specialist and see what he or she has to say.
    Obviously your physical condition must be as such that you are considered disabled under their established guidelines.

    I will see if my own physician and ask if he has any tips on this.
    Last edited by PageOne; 2010-01-20, 12:49 PM.

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    • #3
      Applying for a handicap pass for train use

      You also need to visit your local ward office to get a handicap card and receive entitlements. Apparently, each ward office uses different criteria and offers different benefits.

      Hope that helps.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by innocent12 View Post
        You also need to visit your local ward office to get a handicap card and receive entitlements. Apparently, each ward office uses different criteria and offers different benefits.

        Hope that helps.

        What is the name of handicap transport pass in Japanese?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by gas View Post
          What is the name of handicap transport pass in Japanese?
          Don't know exactly, but a person with a physical handicap is shougaisha Q

          A train pass is a teiki

          Discount rate is waribiki ritsu


          Or just call the JR East Railway Co. English phone line

          http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/info/index.html#telephone

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          • #6
            Applying for a handicap pass for train use

            Originally posted by gas View Post
            What is the name of handicap transport pass in Japanese?
            In a nutshell:

            1. Get a "shinndan-sho" (medical disability report) from your doctor.
            2. Visit your local ward office (Kuyakusho)
            - Apply for a "Shinntai-shougaisha Techou" (disabled certificate) = gҎ蒠. (It's issued a few days later.)
            - Ask where the benefits section is and visit them for advice. (Benefits vary according to the degree of disability.)
            - Ask the benefits section what documents you need in addition to the gҎ蒠 and where to go.
            3. The concessionary transport pass you need has Ԍ printed on it.

            Hit the gas...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by innocent12 View Post
              In a nutshell:

              1. Get a "shinndan-sho" (medical disability report) from your doctor.
              2. Visit your local ward office (Kuyakusho)
              - Apply for a "Shinntai-shougaisha Techou" (disabled certificate) = gҎ蒠. (It's issued a few days later.)
              - Ask where the benefits section is and visit them for advice. (Benefits vary according to the degree of disability.)
              - Ask the benefits section what documents you need in addition to the gҎ蒠 and where to go.
              3. The concessionary transport pass you need has Ԍ printed on it.

              Hit the gas...
              Does it have to be from a Japanese doctor or can I get it from a foreign doctor?

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              • #8
                Applying for a handicap pass for train use

                Originally posted by gizmo View Post
                Does it have to be from a Japanese doctor or can I get it from a foreign doctor?
                Our daughter got her "shinndan-sho" (medical disability report) from the Japanese hospital that did her surgery.

                I suggest you ask your local ward office. (I guess they might want the document in Japanese and evidence that the Gaijin doctor is licensed to practise in Japan, his/her area of expertise, etc. )

                That's me finished on this subject...
                Last edited by innocent12; 2010-01-28, 04:39 PM. Reason: typo

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