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Japanese Train Company Apologises For Train Leaving 20 Seconds Early

Japanese Train Company Apologises For Train Leaving 20 Seconds Early”

A rail company in Japan has apologised after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early.

Trains in Japan are well-known for their punctuality. I doubt most people would even notice a 20-second difference, and with trains coming every four minutes on the Tsukuba Express line in the morning, does it really make much of a difference? However, on November 14, the train instead left at 9:43:40, 20 seconds earlier than it's supposed to. The incident prompted the company to issue an official apology on its website later in the day.

After passengers had boarded, the crew didn't check the time, resulting in the slightly early departure "around" 9:44 a.m., the company said.

Japanese trains are awesome for a number of reasons, not the least of which is how amazingly punctual they are.

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"We sincerely apologize for the severe inconvenience caused to our customers", the statement read, while also stating that the operator did not receive reports of commuters missing the train because of the timing issue.

Passengers who catch the firm's Tsukuba Express service from Akihabara in eastern Tokyo can expect to reach Tsukuba, which is just short of 36 miles away, in about 45 minutes.

"The crew did not sufficiently check the departure time and performed the departure operation", it said. That's right, 20 seconds.

The company released its heartfelt apology despite the fact that it received no customer complaints over the scheduling snafu.



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