Really? Train Company in Tokyo Apologizes for Leaving 20 Seconds Early

Now this is something you don’t hear about everyday.

Trains rarely run on time in many parts of the world, be it in USA, Germany, UK, or even Pakistan. However, this view is not true for trains in Japan.

The Japanese, who are applauded for their punctuality and superior work ethic, are also known for ensuring that their trains run on time.

Until now, but not for the reason you think.

On Tuesday Nov 14, a train on the Tsukuba Express line, failed to adhere to its timetable. But here’s the funny thing. That train didn’t run late. Rather, it left for its destination from Tokyo 20 seconds early.

The Tsukuba Express line connects Akihabara in Tokyo with Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture.

According to SoraNews24, a Japanese newscaster, the strange case of the train leaving a full 20 seconds early prompted the company in charge of them to apologize to its customers.

The Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company issued the following apology for running its train earlier than usual, on its website:

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

More Details on the Tsukaba Express line

This particular train leaves at 9.44am on regular weekdays. But on Tuesday, it left at 9:43:40, a full 20 seconds than it was supposed to.

The Tsukaba Express line has trains coming in every 4 minutes in the morning. Japan Today said that its doubtful that people could’ve noticed that the train left a tad bit earlier than usual on that day.

But the Japanese are also humble to a fault, which is why the Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company’s apology doesn’t seem all that surprising.

Now if only our transport was here on time.

via The Star