A Japanese railway company apologized after one of its trains left the station 20 seconds earlier than scheduled.
Leading the Tsukuba Express line, linking Tokyo to Tsukuba, has called for “sincere inconvenience” for passengers, according to the BBC . In a press statement, the company said the train was scheduled to leave at 9:44:40 local time, but it was set to move at 9:44:20. Moreover, the officials explained why this happened: the staff did not check the schedule. “The crew did not check the departure time sufficiently,” the statement said, pointing out that none of the passengers had filed a complaint. The Tsukuba Express line carries passengers from Akihabara, east Tokyo, to Tsukuba in about 45 minutes. Between the two destinations is a distance of 58 kilometers. It rarely happens that trains in Japan, a country with one of the world’s most reliable rail networks, will go to a different hour than scheduled. Obviously, the internet responded, praising the company’s gesture.