Apology after Japanese train departs 20 seconds early


A rail company in Japan has apologised after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early.

Management on the Tsukuba Express line between Tokyo and the city of Tsukuba say they “sincerely apologise for the inconvenience” caused.

I’m not only impressed by the apology (even if it seems a little unnecessary) but also by the train scheduling.

In a statement, the company said the train had been scheduled to leave at 9:44:40 local time but left at 9:44:20.

They time their schedules not just to the minute but to the second. That’s incredible.