Masked Hero Hauls Bags, Babies Up and Down Tokyo Subway Stairs

In a green outfit with silver trim and matching mask, a superhero waits by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station, lending his strength to the elderly, passengers lugging heavy packages and mothers with baby strollers.

“Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out,” said Mr Tadahiro Kanemasu.

The slender 27-year-old has spent three months being a good Samaritan at the station on Tokyo’s western side. Like many in the city, it has neither elevators nor escalators and a long flight of dimly lit stairs.


Tadahiro Kanemasu, known as the Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger, looks for people to help at the station in Tokyo on Friday, Aug 23, 2013. In a green outfit with silver trim and matching mask, a superhero waits by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station, lending his strength to the elderly, passengers lugging heavy packages and mothers with baby strollers. (REUTERS)


Tadahiro Kanemasu, known as the Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger, high-fives children at the station in Tokyo on Friday, Aug 23, 2013. (REUTERS)


Tadahiro Kanemasu, known as the Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger, carries a woman’s shopping cart at the station in Tokyo on Friday, Aug 23, 2013. (REUTERS)


Tadahiro Kanemasu, known as the Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger, looks for people to help at the station in Tokyo on Friday, Aug 23, 2013. (REUTERS)

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