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


  • Hamari Government Ko Japan Se Seekhna Chahyeh :
    K Wo Kis Tarha K Rules Ko Follows Karte hai
    Unki Train Time Pe Hai Aur Hum Kitne Peeche hai :

    • Taha Najam

      We don’t even have inter city trains LMAO

      • Apni Train Bhi Kun Sa Waqt Pe Ati Jati hai :

    • Kaleem

      abhi Government wale Turkey say seekh rahy hain. uss mai master ho jain tu phr Japan ki bari aaye.

    • Fozia

      as u must be aware their railways are known not by station numbers but by timings

    • Muhammad Kamran

      Abdul wahad had hoti hai. ap ki govt ko filhal bangla desh, sarilanka, thialand jaisi countries si seekna chahie. Pakistan abi s level ka nai k Japan si kch seeky.

  • Imam Bux

    Here is a fact about Germany.
    They are punctual too but only when it’s required, I mean at office timings (morning only). But when you want to get back to home, it’s not late but the regional trains may stop for few minutes to free the path for International trains. :D

    • Lol. Good one. Would love to hear more of these fun-facts from you