In a shocking incident in Japan, a rail company apologized after one of its trains left 20 seconds early than the fixed time.
On this, a statement released by the Management of the Tsukuba Express line between Tokyo and the city of Tsukuba said, “We deeply apologise for the severe inconvenience imposed upon our customers”.
The statement informed that the train had been scheduled to leave at 9:44:40 local time but left at 9:44:20. The statement also featured that the mistake took place because the staff had not checked the timetable.
However, the statement also added that no customers had complained about the early departure from Minami Nagareyama Station, which is just north of Tokyo.
The Tsukuba Express carries 130 million passengers, every year from Akihabara in eastern Tokyo to Tsukuba in about 45 minutes.
Here are some social media reactions to the incident:
Tokyo train company’s apology for 20-second-early departure is one of the best things about Japan https://t.co/chfzE5uZMU— Stan Yee (@stanyee) November 16, 2017
Those who have been on a train in Japan will appreciate this story. Somehow I can't see it happening over in the UK... https://t.co/eNsDefYhhZ— Andy Hayler (@wyahaw) November 16, 2017
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