THERE was a public transport crisis in Tokyo this week, after one of the city’s normally super-punctual trains left a whole 20 seconds ahead of schedule.
The Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company issued a formal apology after one of its Tsukuba Express line trains departed from the Minami Nagareyama Station at 9:43:40 instead of 9.44am on Tue.
Management swiftly responded to the crisis, with a statement posted on the firm’s website admitting to the gigantic stuff-up which saw the train leave “roughly 20 seconds earlier than the time indicated on the timetable.
“We deeply apologise for the severe inconvenience imposed upon our customers,” the statement continued.
Donald Trump’s presidency may have led to concerns in the tourism industry, but one hospitality establishment in Japan is certainly reaping the benefits of his patronage.
During his visit to Tokyo last week Trump ate a cheeseburger at Munch’s Burger Shack – and as a result the eatery is being swamped with long lines of visitors wanting to have the same meal as Donald, which is now being promoted as the “President Trump Set”.