Japan is known for its incredible transport system, and in particular its train services. Now, however, a Japanese rail firm has apologised after an intercity service left a station 20 seconds … EARLY! That’s right 20 seconds earlier than scheduled.
The Tsukuba Express train was due to leave Minami Nagareyama Station (try saying that fast!) just north of Tokyo, for Tsukuba at 9.44.40am last Tuesday, but instead left at 9.44.20am.
A statement posted on the Metropolitan Intercity Railway website said the crew ‘did not sufficiently check the departure time’.
Even though the company received no complaints, the company's management wanted to ‘deeply apologise for the severe inconvenience’ to any customers affected by the mistake.
The Tsukuba Express, which can reach speeds of up to 81mph, carries more than 230,000 passengers a day! Luckily, a train leaves every 4 minutes, so people did not have long to wait.