TOKYO: A Japanese railway operator has issued a deep apology for the "tremendous nuisance" caused by a train departing 20 seconds early, surprising even a nation renowned for both punctuality and politeness.
The Tsukuba Express train linking Tokyo and the capital's northern suburbs pulled out of Minami Nagareyama Station at 9:44:20 instead of 9:44:40.
"We deeply apologise for causing tremendous nuisance to customers," said the Tsukuba Express company.
"There was no complaint from customers over this incident," said the firm, which added that no one missed the train due to the premature departure.
Japanese railway services, including shinkansen bullet trains, are famous for their world-beating punctuality.
sri - tvpuram - 7 days ago
see here ... yesterday''s train would be leaving today - still railways takes pride and travellers wait wait and wait :(
bejoy k - 7 days ago
Japanese are very punctual and hardworking... We indians always blame govt for all our troubles instead of correcting ourselves......
Anti - Chaddisthan -
Wait till the shinnkasen bullet train comes to India, we will teach Japanese what Indian punctuality is....
Javid Amin - Kashmir -
Here 22 hours delay wont matter...........
satkaindian indian -
They know value of time.
Before comparing Japanese railway with Indian railway we should compare ourselves as well. The system and government is always reflection of its citizens
Sugath Palan - Bangalore - 7 days ago
Our trains are never that bad. They never leave before time, they never leave on time. When one train arrived 1 hour before time, the station master clarified the train was due to arrive the previous day, but arrived finally.
Veejay vee -
Please privatize railways..
Sorry for 20 sec but here no sorry for 20 hrs.
Kanchan Lodh Roy
Indian Railways need not worry about this..They Don't have 'on time' and 'early arrival' words in their dictionary