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6 replies, 3 voices Last updated by  Mark Bookman 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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  • #8271

    Igor
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    @kenigor

    Wheelchair users have some hard moments when they need maintenance to change batteries, tires or fix their vehicle.

    How about creating a repository/list of shops in Japan/Tokyo we can visit for maintenance?

     

    Igor Oliveira
    Twitter: kenigor

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    #8276

    Accessible Japan
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    @AccessibleJapan

    Unfortunately, much of the wheelchair industry is focused on going through the city office and not easy to just drop by.  Also, they mostly only have Japanese websites!

    Here are some in Tokyo:

    It might be best to contact your wheelchair manufacturor and ask who their distributor is.

    @wilgo any other suggestions?  @bookman you had your wheelchair breakdown.  Where did you go?

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    #8277

    Igor
    Participant
    @kenigor

    Great post, thank you!

    I also recommend people to contact first the wheelchair manufacturer but on many occasions, an emergency repair is necessary or it can be done only on origin country.

    I know Saito Kobo, it’s great! They solved all the problems I had with my Brazilian wheelchair and also ended buying one with them. I recommend.

    I will check more about others. Thanks!

    Igor Oliveira
    Twitter: kenigor

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    #8278

    Accessible Japan
    Keymaster
    @AccessibleJapan

    Good to hear Saito Kobo is good to work with!  What type of wheelchair was your chair from Brazil?

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    #8280

    Igor
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    @kenigor

    I was using a Freedom Compact: http://www.freedom.ind.br/produto/saude/cadeiras-de-rodas-motorizadas/freedom-compact/

    It’s manufactured in Brazil, if I’m right it’s the biggest in Latin America. I like this model cause allow me to handle higher steps. I could even manage trains by myself without requiring a slope. Bad points: Not so powerful on hilly places, air tires (comfortable, but require constant maintenance) and seem to fail easily with water/rain.

    I’m using a simple Permobil now.

    Igor Oliveira
    Twitter: kenigor

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    #8281

    Accessible Japan
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    @AccessibleJapan

    Interesting, I had never heard of it.  I hope they expand as the more competition there is, the better it is for us users!

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    #8282

    Mark Bookman
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    @Bookman

    @accessiblejapan

    I actually selected my current powerchair (Permobil Corpus F3) with the expectation that I would be traveling to Tokyo sometime in the near future. Permobil has a dealership/repair shop in Morishita, so it’s fairly convenient for those living in Tokyo.

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