Japanese Train Line Apologizes for 'Inconvenience' After Departing 20 Seconds Early

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Japanese Train Line Apologizes for 'Inconvenience' After Departing 20 Seconds Early

The Tsukuba Express line, run by the Tokyo-area Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company, connects Akihabara in Tokyo with Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture.

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

The overly eager train reportedly pulled out of the Minami-Nagareyama station at 9:44:20 a.m. on November 14.

A Japanese commuter train company issued a public apology after one of its trains departed 20 seconds earlier than its scheduled time, proving that customer service reigns supreme.

The train had arrived at the station on time, at 40 seconds past 9:43 a.m. And as such the statement read that they "sincerely apologise fir the inconvenience caused".

At first, I sort of agreed with him.

To the point where they issued a formal apology after one of their trains departed a little too early then expected.

A Japanese rail operator has apologized to its passengers for a train that left the station 20 seconds earlier than it was supposed to, according to reports in RT News, the New York Times and elsewhere. Even if that's not the sort of mistake that absolutely demands an apology, there's nothing wrong, and definitely something admirable, about taking a moment to say sorry for any problems that the early departure may have caused.

Delays are so rare, passengers can even be given a delay certificate to show their workplace or school if trains are delayed by just five minutes.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the company also said that no customers had complained.

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