Japanese railway firm apologises: Japan is famous for the speed, efficiency and punctuality of its train service. After all, this is the nation that gave us the bullet train and with over 120 million people, a good train service is a must. Commuters around the world frustrated by delays in their favorite mode of public transport could think of moving to Japan, where a private railway operator has apologised after a train left a station in a Tokyo suburb 20 seconds ahead of schedule.Yes, Just 20 seconds mattered a lot for Japenese Rail firm. The Tsukuba Express train was due to leave Minami Nagareyama Station, just north of Tokyo, for Tsukuba at 9.44.40am local time on 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”.The company apologised even though it hadn’t received any complaints from passengers who were at the station, it said. The statement added that the train’s crew had been spoken to and instructed to strictly follow procedures to prevent such incidents in future. The company’s statement said that it doubted “most people would even notice a 20-second difference,” but Japanese trains are usually so punctual, some people plan their rail commutes so that they arrive at the platform just as the cars are pulling up.
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