Japanese Railway Apologises After Train Leaves 20 Seconds Early

Looks like Japan’s *world class public transport system* isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

While the Land of the Rising Sun typically prides itself on its prompt and timely train service, management at one particular railway company had proverbial egg all over their face when a train left 20 seconds before it’s scheduled time. Not so cutting-edge after all, Japan.

Image: Japan Rail Pass

The bullet train, which was scheduled to leave at 9:44:40 local time, jumped the gun and shot out of the ranks at 9:44:20. Representatives of the Tsukuba Express line have released a statement saying they “sincerely apologise for the inconvenience.” Apparently “The crew did not sufficiently check the departure time and performed the departure operation.” Literally not one person complained.

In all seriousness though, this kind of fastidious discipline is one of many reasons why Japan is the most wonderful country in the world – and a stark contrast to Australia’s fraught, scattershot public transport system. Climb aboard any train or bus in Sydney and there’s no telling what time you might leave, arrive, or break down in the middle of a field. Perhaps the only guarantee is that you won’t get an apology for any of it.

Kudos Japan. Just don’t let it happen again.
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Source: BBC
Feature image: Gizmodo

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