Japan: Train departs 20 seconds early, rail operator apologises

17 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • Tokyo train company apologizes for 20-second-early departure

The line connects Akihabara in Tokyo with Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, and on weekday mornings there's supposed to be a northbound train that leaves Minami Nagareyama Station at 9:44 a.m.

Japanese trains are awesome for a number of reasons, not the least of which is how amazingly punctual they are.

Spain's King Juan Carlos (rear 2nd L) and Queen Sofia (foreground R) sit together with Japanese Emperor Akihito (background L) and Empress Michiko as they leave Tsukuba Station on the Tsukuba Express November 12, 2008 during a one-day trip to Tsukuba, northeast of Tokyo.

But the train instead left at 9:43:40, prompting an official apology on the company's website.

One amused reader said: "This train company's apology for a 20-second-early departure is one of the best things about Japan".

But on Tuesday, a train on the Tsukuba Express line in Tokyo failed to stick to its timetable.




The error was blamed on the crew, which, according to the company, "did not sufficiently check the departure time".

Train delays might be so common in Britain that we are shocked to our cores when one actually arrives on time, but in Japan it's another story.

'We deeply apologize for the severe inconvenience imposed upon our customers'.

Obviously whoever was manning the doors was just 20 seconds too keen to get moving.

In its online posting, the rail company says it didn't receive any complaints from passengers over the 20-second discrepancy.

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