Japan railways are known for their efficiency and punctuality. However, they may have been “too punctual” this time around, and left 20 seconds ahead of the schedule.
Passengers boarding the Tsukuba Express from Minami Nagareyama station were unaware of anything amiss when the train, which arrived right on time, departed at 9.44.20am instead of 9.44.40am on Tuesday.
Most people wouldn’t even bat an eyelash at the minor mistake, however, the operator believed the mistake was dire enough to warrant an apology to the passengers. Because of this, the company’s management team issued a statement apologising for the early departure on the Tsukuba Express line.
“We deeply apologise for causing tremendous nuisance to customers,” said the Tsukuba Express company.
According to the company statement, the mix-up happened because the staff had not checked the timetable thoroughly.
“The crew did not sufficiently check the departure time and performed the departure operation,” it said.
Japan railways have always been strict and adamant on punctuality. Delays are not tolerated, and even the slightest delay calls forth repeated apologies from the train guard. Due to the overwhelming number of passengers who rely on the railways to go to school, work or around town, even the briefest delays could cause extreme inconvenience.
Impressed commuters all over the world praised Japan for its never-failing efficiency, and continued to tweet stories about their local train operators, where delays were a common situation:
Hearing the story of the train company in Japan apologising for a train leaving 20 seconds early makes me feel ashamed just how bad trains are in London.
— Remy (@RemyHoggard) November 16, 2017
In Japan, train is 20 seconds off schedule. Apology. Toronto, TTC forty-five minutes late.. Regularly scheduled service. #torontoproblems
— Emily Higgins (@ehiggins) November 16, 2017
Come to Melbourne and learn how it’s done.
Skipping stations, cancelling trains, keeping the aircon off, letting the rubbish pile up…
Also, six minutes late=on time Down Under.https://t.co/6YsOblduj4
— Michael Lallo (@Michael_Lallo) November 17, 2017
Welcome to Singapore greatest train system where u can expect to have train delays ranging from 10to 30 mins. It is also in line with our healthy lifestyle campaign and also be early campaign. We need to sleep early and wake up early. We will not be late as we have to leave early
— lion lim (@lion2015) November 16, 2017
meanwhile in Jakarta… nevermind.
— Ari (@afpriyaanto) November 17, 2017