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Japan Train Operator Apologizes for Leaving Station 25 Seconds Early
The Points Guy ^ | 11/17/18 | Katherine Fan

Posted on 11/18/2018 10:21:35 AM PST by Simon Green

In case anyone’s forgotten that Japan works very differently from most other places, a train company made a public apology this week after a train left the station 25 seconds early.

The world fell apart when the train conductor, who thought his train was scheduled to leave Notogawa Station on Friday at 7:11, closed his commuter train doors one minute early, pulling out of the station 25 seconds ahead of the actual scheduled time of 7:12. The conductor realized his mistake before departing but didn’t see any waiting passengers on the platform, so he carried on with his early departure — and his error.

Unfortunately, he was wrong about the passengers — there were people who still wanted to get on. They complained to the rail operator, JR West, which offered an official apology shortly after.

This was the second incident involving over-zealous departure times in recent history, and the operator admitted that the “great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable”.

If only the MTA would take a page from JR West’s book.


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1 posted on 11/18/2018 10:21:35 AM PST by Simon Green
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Don’t really see why a conductor would do this.

It’s freaking the Biwako line so there’s no rush.


2 posted on 11/18/2018 10:23:21 AM PST by struggle
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I wonder if this guy is available for ballot count deadlines?


3 posted on 11/18/2018 10:23:46 AM PST by Bitman
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To: Simon Green

Can their operators transfer over to our side?

LOL


4 posted on 11/18/2018 10:23:56 AM PST by Notthereyet (NotThereYet)
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To: Simon Green

He has dishonored his family.


5 posted on 11/18/2018 10:34:09 AM PST by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: Simon Green

Last time I was in Japan was about 20 years ago.To those who’ve never been there I can guarantee that you *can* set your watch by the Tokyo Subway system’s schedule.


6 posted on 11/18/2018 10:38:40 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (I've Never Owned Slaves...You've Never Picked Cotton.End Of "Discussion".)
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To: Simon Green

If your early.....you got a ride.

If you’re not at the Station when the Train pulls out? , - get the next one.


7 posted on 11/18/2018 10:38:42 AM PST by EnglishOnly (Fight all out to win OR get out now. .)
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To: Simon Green

Japan’s culture is clearly working far too well to create a stable, prosperous society for its people. This is why Japan needs more muslim and African immigrants, or something.


8 posted on 11/18/2018 10:38:47 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Simon Green

In Japan, the trains arrive and leave the station exactly when they are supposed to. You show up 20 seconds late and the train will be gone. They don’t operate on Amtrak standards.

The Shinkansen has been running high-speed trains for over 50 years with, as far as I can tell, one fatal accident that involved a pedestrian who got onto the tracks. Again, not Amtrak standards.


9 posted on 11/18/2018 10:40:56 AM PST by hanamizu
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To play devil’s advocate, it’s not Amtrak’s fault if and when vehicles cross the tracks at the wrong time.


10 posted on 11/18/2018 10:50:11 AM PST by wastedyears (The left would kill every single one of us and our families if they knew they could get away with it)
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To: BinaryBoy

Window seat coming for him!


11 posted on 11/18/2018 10:50:21 AM PST by Mouton (The media is the enemy of the people.)
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To: BinaryBoy

“He has dishonored his family.”

Hope he wasn’t last seen headed into the family shrine with the family ceremonial knife and sword seppuku set...


12 posted on 11/18/2018 10:51:42 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: wastedyears; hanamizu

As I have pointed out in other threads, Western Europe and Japan have the train systems they do today because we blew their previous stuff to smithereens in WW2 then paid to rebuild them so they wouldn’t remain 3d world sh!tholes for any longer than necessary. Part of that rebuild was separating the train right-of-way from any interaction with a highway right-of-way. Thus, they have true high-speed rail that cannot interact with a random event like a vehicle driver crossing the rail line. Also, the dedicated passenger high-speed-rail line has no interaction with freight movements.


13 posted on 11/18/2018 10:59:39 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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Now that World War 2 is in the distant past, we can start admiring Japanese culture again. And there is a lot to admire. They really are a polite and respectful society. And they are very careful about who they let into their country. Anybody can visit but very few get to stay permanently. In order to become a Japanese citizen, you must at a minimum be able to support yourself, have a clean criminal record and you must commit to obeying Japan's customs and laws.

That's how it should be in the U.S.

14 posted on 11/18/2018 11:00:46 AM PST by SamAdams76 ( If you are offended by what I have to say here then you can blame your parents for raising a wuss)
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Japan must be getting soft. There was a time when that guy would have fallen upon his sword for such a grievous faux pas.


15 posted on 11/18/2018 11:35:09 AM PST by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx D)
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Imagine that happening here.


16 posted on 11/18/2018 11:43:09 AM PST by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know. how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: bgill
Imagine that happening here

He would have been fired for racism.

Because there certainly would have been someone of aggrieved status who hadn't gotten his/her lardass on the train.

17 posted on 11/18/2018 11:54:45 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: T-Bird45

“Western Europe and Japan have the train systems they do today because we blew their previous stuff to smithereens in WW2 then paid to rebuild them so they wouldn’t remain 3d world sh!tholes for any longer than necessary.”

You wouldn’t believe the Americans who don’t know that. Anything that happened before they were born is ancient history and irrelevant to life today.
An unfortunate result of real history not being taught.

“Part of that rebuild was separating the train right-of-way from any interaction with a highway right-of-way. Thus, they have true high-speed rail that cannot interact with a random event like a vehicle driver crossing the rail line. Also, the dedicated passenger high-speed-rail line has no interaction with freight movements.”

In the U.S. freight traffic ALWAYS has priority over passenger traffic for the simple reason that freight is more profitable.
If passenger rail didn’t play second fiddle to freight more passengers might use rail. But under the current system there is no incentive to increase passenger service to the point where it would be profitable. Catch 22.

The country’s debt situation is so bad I don’t know if we could afford to build a separate passenger rail system from scratch. :(


18 posted on 11/18/2018 12:32:01 PM PST by oldvirginian ( Buckle up kids, rough road ahead.)
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To: wastedyears

it’s not Amtrak’s fault if and when vehicles cross the tracks at the wrong time.


Of course it’s not. But remember we are talking about JR apologizing for leaving the station something like 30 seconds early. I can’t even imagine the time discrepancy that generates a public apology from Amtrak.


19 posted on 11/18/2018 12:41:06 PM PST by hanamizu
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To: PGR88
Japan’s culture is clearly working far too well to create a stable, prosperous society for its people. This is why Japan needs more muslim and African immigrants, or something.

You nailed it.

This train scheduling mishap is a symptom of a deeper societal problem.

20 posted on 11/18/2018 12:47:38 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine ("It's always a party when you're eating the seed corn.")
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