Believe it or not, Japan rail company apologises as train departs 20 seconds EARLY

Management on the Tsukuba Express line between Tokyo and the city of Tsukuba in a statement said they "sincerely apologise for the inconvenience" caused. The news has created a huge buzz online and Netizens are comparing the services of train companies in their countries.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2017 8:10 pm
japan, Tsukuba Express, japan rail company apology, japan train punctuality, Tsukuba Express apology, japanese train apologise for early train, weird news, bizarre news, indian express Passengers boarding the train from Minami Nagareyama station were unaware anything was awry when the train, which had arrived on time, pulled away from the platform at 9.44.20am instead of 9.44.40am.

How often do you hear public transport authorities issuing an apology for causing inconvenience? Well, we have all been in the situation numerous times, when we reached late to office because our train or metro got late and never heard from any authority. But in Japan, a rail company has apologised after one of its trains the Tsukuba Express departed 20 seconds early. Yes, you read it right and the news has taken everyone by surprise causing a frenzy online.

The operator of a private railway firm that serves the Tokyo suburbs, has issued an apology after the trains departed only a few seconds early. Passengers boarding the train from Minami Nagareyama station were unaware anything was awry when the train, which had arrived on time, pulled away from the platform at 9.44.20 am instead of 9.44.40 am. But the management felt it wrong for the passengers who might have made the train had it left on time.

“We deeply apologise for the severe inconvenience imposed upon our customers,” the Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company said in a statement. The mistake for November 14 goof up was because staff had not checked the timetable, the company statement said. “The crew did not sufficiently check the departure time and performed the departure operation,” it added.

If you are wondering about the time for the next train, it arrived only four minutes later. Thinking of moving your base to Japan, yes, many others online are feeling the same way. Many started comparing the services with trains operating in their own country and it was not a positive one.

Japan is known for its punctuality, in fact, on days when trains do actually get delayed, the authorities issue a certificate stating the reason so that one can produce it before their employer as an evidence.

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