A Japan-based woman who has owned and operated a stateroom scooter for more than 40 years says she’s tired of Japan’s ban on bicycles.
In a letter to the country’s supreme court, Kanno Yoshimura said she’s already lost money on the scooters and she wants more options for her family.
“I think that I’m now very tired of living in Japan and it’s not only because I have to deal with the ban,” Yoshimura, 71, said in a telephone interview from her home in Osaka.
“In addition, there are a lot of restrictions in the bike industry, such as the high cost of maintenance.
So I feel that my business and my lifestyle have become difficult.”
Kanno, a former motorcycle rider and avid cyclist, started her business in 1956, when she had to buy a new bicycle because of the high price of bicycle parts.
Since then, she has sold more than 10,000 scooters.
But the government said it’s now a crime to ride a bicycle on Japanese roads.
Yoshimura has argued that the ban on motorcycles is not related to bicycles, but rather to motorcycles that are designed to carry more people and are too expensive for the average Japanese.
In Japan, the ban applies to all vehicles, including motorcycles, scooters, skateboards, and bicycles.
Kannos husband, Noboru, runs the business and lives in Tokyo.
He has lived in Japan for 50 years and has no plans to leave.
“If I ever get sick, I’ll try to make it a normal life, but that’s not my problem,” Noboru Yoshimura told the AFP news agency.
“People ask me about the ban, and I always say that I understand the situation, but I don’t want to leave Japan.
I would like to stay, and it would be really nice to be able to visit family in other countries.”
Japan’s government has not issued a statement about the decision.