Here in Britain, we are used to trains being late but in Japan, they simply won’t tolerate it.
In fact, trains are so punctual there that a Japanese train operator has apologised to commuters for departing 25 seconds too early.
West Japan Railways (WJR) seemed mortified at their error.
A spokesman for the company said: ‘The great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable.’
Naturally, people saw the funny side and took to Twitter to mock the over-the-top apology:
Headline: The West Japan Railway Company has apologised after a train in central Japan departed its platform 25 seconds early. pic.twitter.com/U18DKtko5d
— Peter J LeCody (@railadvo) May 16, 2018
Love it – only in Japan does a train company apologise unreservedly for an inexcusable lapse of service . . . The train left 25 second early! #lovejapan
— Andrew Cruze (@AndrewCruzeUK) May 15, 2018
What a shame Japan!!? Early departure for 25 second? What if I only can catch the train 4 seconds before departure!??
— Azhari Harris (@HarrisAzhari) May 16, 2018
Japanese train company after leaving 25 seconds early: “the great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable”
Southern and South Eastern rail after being 25 minutes late: “lol, oh well. Signal failure, yeah, that was it. Definitely signal failure”
— Liam Drane (@LMD_5) May 17, 2018
Japanese train leaves 25 mins early, the company apologises unreservedly, Thameslink trains don’t leave early, they don’t turn up.
— L Foster (@leroy1305) May 17, 2018
The train conductor had actually realised his error but let the train depart when failed to see anyone standing on the platform, according to Japan Today.
Sadly, he did not count on people turning up in those 30 seconds to see their train had already departed.
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A Tsukuba Express train firm also apologised after a train left Tokyo 20 seconds early in November.
Japanese railways are generally regarded as the most reliable in the world.