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2013-09-21 08:47:38 PM
Tokyo runs a damn good train system. It's proof positive you can run a train line you can set your watch by.

After riding the train in Boston I wanted to march right up to the cockpit, toss the engineer out on his ass, and tell him McDonald's is hiring. It was so freakin' off schedule. 5-10 minutes off the scheduled time every freaking time. Add up all those delay minutes in a few years and you could have lived an extra month or two at your destination.
 
2013-09-21 09:43:04 PM
It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.
 
2013-09-21 09:53:54 PM

beautifulbob: It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.


*Note: offer only valid for schoolgirls, office girls and sufficiently hot traps.
 
2013-09-21 10:08:13 PM
For Japanese boys, the train driver sits alongside footballer, doctor and policeman as a dream job.

Thing #83,901 to file under "WTF Japan".
 
2013-09-21 10:19:51 PM

King Something: beautifulbob: It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.

*Note: offer only valid for schoolgirls, office girls and sufficiently hot traps.


Men also grope other men
 
2013-09-21 10:22:02 PM
i1048.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-21 11:06:18 PM
That's it.  I'm moving to Tokyo and starting my lucrative career of counterfeiting those cards
 
2013-09-21 11:14:02 PM
It is also cited as one of the reasons that led to the Amagasaki rail crash (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amagasaki_rail_crash)
 
2013-09-21 11:14:25 PM

plushpuppy: King Something: beautifulbob: It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.

*Note: offer only valid for schoolgirls, office girls and sufficiently hot traps.

Men also grope other men


I was going to comment on that.  I'll bet there are certain lines at certain times where that is likely to happen.
 
2013-09-21 11:16:15 PM

plushpuppy: King Something: beautifulbob: It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.

*Note: offer only valid for schoolgirls, office girls and sufficiently hot traps.

Men also grope other men


That was covered.
 
2013-09-21 11:27:33 PM

Saberus Terras: plushpuppy: King Something: beautifulbob: It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.

*Note: offer only valid for schoolgirls, office girls and sufficiently hot traps.

Men also grope other men

That was covered.


reading the article is so passe
 
2013-09-21 11:31:43 PM

doglover: Tokyo runs a damn good train system. It's proof positive you can run a train line you can set your watch by.

After riding the train in Boston I wanted to march right up to the cockpit, toss the engineer out on his ass, and tell him McDonald's is hiring. It was so freakin' off schedule. 5-10 minutes off the scheduled time every freaking time. Add up all those delay minutes in a few years and you could have lived an extra month or two at your destination.


It's the truth. However, I'm a bit mystified when the T (Orange Line for me usually) is running a 15m delay but the trains are coming every 10 minutes... What does that mean exactly?
 
2013-09-21 11:42:13 PM
1) hey, it happens often enough that they have preprinted cards for it.*
2) what kind of culture is it when you need proof for why you were one minute late?!


*this was a joke. The Japs probably did some studies, found the risk of being late someday so prepared the cards in advance.
 
2013-09-21 11:45:36 PM
I first heard about those cards when I went to work there. Our trainers told us about them and insisted we get them should the train ever make us late for Work. Pretty nifty compared to Spain, where the trains are routinely 5-10 minutes late and so are the people.
 
2013-09-21 11:48:00 PM
Paging DC Metro, paging DC Metro...
 
2013-09-21 11:48:30 PM
Punctuality is considered weird now? No wonder you Americans are falling behind.
 
2013-09-21 11:51:18 PM
They do the same on the metra lines in Chicago if I ever need one it is time to work on my resume
 
2013-09-21 11:52:49 PM
Did the awesome tag take the day off.  Not weird; this is awesome.
 
2013-09-21 11:53:47 PM
To whom it may concern:

The bearer of this card was delayed through no fault of their own. Tokyo Metro takes full responsibility for carrying nubile underage girls in sailor outfits and school uniforms who require immediate checks for breast cancer, buttock pliability, and failure to wear appropriate undergarments.

Tokyo Metro is committed to remedying this issue in the future through the installation of mechanical tentacles in each car. The bearer has our gratitude for volunteering to provide this public service until such time as that is completed.

Respectfully,

Toyko Metro
Chikan services since 1941
 
2013-09-21 11:59:05 PM

cptjeff: Paging DC Metro, paging DC Metro...


DC already has the equivalent:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-21 11:59:24 PM

Soy Cowboy: Punctuality is considered weird now? No wonder you Americans are falling behind.


So there's "Hey, you should probably be on time", and there's "We deeply apologize for running 1 minute late"

/Silicon Valley.  Between traffic and the farked-up mass transit (It's not called Killtrain for nothing), I've seen 9:00 meetings start at 11:00 with not everyone there.
 
2013-09-22 12:00:57 AM

fusillade762: For Japanese boys, the train driver sits alongside footballer, doctor and policeman as a dream job.

Thing #83,901 to file under "WTF Japan".


blog.hachimitsu.org
Oh, the train system gets 80,000 entries of its own
 
2013-09-22 12:01:06 AM
A card for the boss?  I'll take a box of those!
 
2013-09-22 12:03:11 AM

JerkyMeat: [i1048.photobucket.com image 550x413]


Took me longer to see what you did there than it should have
 
2013-09-22 12:03:55 AM

Resident Muslim: 2) what kind of culture is it when you need proof for why you were one minute late?!


The kind that thinks being on time is polite and being late is disrespectful to your boss, your coworkers and your company?
 
2013-09-22 12:17:23 AM

silverjets: Resident Muslim: 2) what kind of culture is it when you need proof for why you were one minute late?!

The kind that thinks being on time is polite and being late is disrespectful to your boss, your coworkers and your company?


Yes. A very stuck up culture.

Our standard office hours start at 9:30. If everyone makes it in by 9:45, it's a good day. Wednesdays and Thursdays, we're lucky if everyone is in by 10:30, since those are alternate side parking days, and there's a bunch of construction workers taking up spots. My boss spent an hour and a half circling once.

And you know what? It's a lighthearted, fun place to work. Nobody takes themselves too seriously. Work becomes something that you enjoy, not something you dread. For some reason, I find that a little more healthy than the Japanese attitude for things.

There's a time and a place for rigidity and formality. Every routine workday ain't it.
 
2013-09-22 12:24:46 AM

cptjeff: silverjets: Resident Muslim: 2) what kind of culture is it when you need proof for why you were one minute late?!

The kind that thinks being on time is polite and being late is disrespectful to your boss, your coworkers and your company?

Yes. A very stuck up culture.

Our standard office hours start at 9:30. If everyone makes it in by 9:45, it's a good day. Wednesdays and Thursdays, we're lucky if everyone is in by 10:30, since those are alternate side parking days, and there's a bunch of construction workers taking up spots. My boss spent an hour and a half circling once.

And you know what? It's a lighthearted, fun place to work. Nobody takes themselves too seriously. Work becomes something that you enjoy, not something you dread. For some reason, I find that a little more healthy than the Japanese attitude for things.

There's a time and a place for rigidity and formality. Every routine workday ain't it.


This message brought to you by every shiatty train network that doesn't run on time.
 
2013-09-22 12:29:03 AM
Too bad they didn't show pics of sumo sized train conductors literally picking people off their feet and shoving them through the doors or peeling them off just before the doors close. That's the key to their efficiency, people get on or get off but either way clear the doors or they get "helped."
static.onemansblog.com
 
2013-09-22 12:30:44 AM
plushpuppy: King Something: beautifulbob: It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.

*Note: offer only valid for schoolgirls, office girls and sufficiently hot traps.



You can keep your petite nuble school girls.  We got this on BART...


i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2013-09-22 12:34:14 AM

eRRaTyC: That's it.  I'm moving to Tokyo and starting my lucrative career of counterfeiting those cards


You likely wouldn't be the first.
 
2013-09-22 12:48:55 AM

OscarTamerz: Too bad they didn't show pics of sumo sized train conductors literally picking people off their feet and shoving them through the doors or peeling them off just before the doors close. That's the key to their efficiency, people get on or get off but either way clear the doors or they get "helped."
[static.onemansblog.com image 125x114]


therewillbeasia.files.wordpress.com

If you think Japanese trains are overcrowded, try Indian trains.
 
2013-09-22 01:18:01 AM
www.topgear.com
/old news
 
2013-09-22 01:26:26 AM
The NY suburban train system (LIRR, Metro North) will give a similar note if your train is delayed. Just go to the station master's office. I don't know if NJ Transit does the same thing.

If you are a New Yorker and you want to do a comparison the MTA has put monthly and YTD performance in various benchmarks online for Metro-North, LIRR, subway, and bus. You can even break down the stats by line. Interesting but somewhat depressing. http://web.mta.info/persdashboard/performance14.html#
 
2013-09-22 01:36:04 AM

SirEattonHogg: plushpuppy: King Something: beautifulbob: It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.

*Note: offer only valid for schoolgirls, office girls and sufficiently hot traps.


You can keep your petite nuble school girls.  We got this on BART...


[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x617]


hey dipshiat, go fark yourself for sharing that.
 
2013-09-22 01:42:05 AM

chitownmike: They do the same on the metra lines in Chicago if I ever need one it is time to work on my resume


My girlfriend mentions that frequently.  She moved here (Philadelphia) from Chicago, and I'm pretty sure she still thinks that the public transit system here is an elaborate practical joke on her.
 
2013-09-22 02:31:14 AM
Copenhagen is building a driverless, automated metro system. As they grow their system, I'm curious to see if they can maintain a good on-time rate. If they can it's bad news for train drivers.
 
2013-09-22 02:33:26 AM

Pentaxian: The NY suburban train system (LIRR, Metro North) will give a similar note if your train is delayed. Just go to the station master's office. I don't know if NJ Transit does the same thing.


Metra rail in metropolitan Chicago hands out the notes, too.
 
2013-09-22 03:01:36 AM
Heh... in Brave New World they blew gaskets for 5 minute delays. If only Huxley knew what would come from Japan.
 
2013-09-22 03:56:30 AM

OscarTamerz: Too bad they didn't show pics of sumo sized train conductors literally picking people off their feet and shoving them through the doors or peeling them off just before the doors close. That's the key to their efficiency, people get on or get off but either way clear the doors or they get "helped."
[static.onemansblog.com image 125x114]


Because that's only morning rush hour and most of those conductors are tiny.
 
2013-09-22 04:50:19 AM

darwinpolice: chitownmike: They do the same on the metra lines in Chicago if I ever need one it is time to work on my resume

My girlfriend mentions that frequently.  She moved here (Philadelphia) from Chicago, and I'm pretty sure she still thinks that the public transit system here is an elaborate practical joke on her.


Well, to be fair the CTA is a completely different story and not a good one
 
2013-09-22 04:53:42 AM

Resident Muslim: 2) what kind of culture is it when you need proof for why you were one minute late?!


I work at a major university in Tokyo, and I was once 1 minute late (electronic time card). The train wasn't late, I just apparently walked a little slowly that day. HR sent me a form to fill out, which I had to have approved by my supervisor, and send back to HR, who then sent me a confirmation. Total time wasted by HR staff, my supervisor and me to deal with this: 15-20 minutes.

I love Japan, but sometimes the paperwork is out of control.
 
2013-09-22 04:56:17 AM
This is actually a myth.London tube trains are 15% more punctual. See snopes.org/japanese-undergroud-train-myths for example. Basically, Japanese culture forbids talking about late trains because it is seen as a sign of "weakness".
 
2013-09-22 05:11:40 AM

Resident Muslim: 2) what kind of culture is it when you need proof for why you were one minute late?!


I can set my watch by the load on my servers when our Tokyo office's work day starts.  Before we brought our load balanced multi-server cluster online to replace the overloaded single server, the spike of everybody logging in at the exact same farking minute was a serious problem.  German punctuality is far too complacent in comparison.

/I wouldn't last a week in that environment
 
2013-09-22 05:18:04 AM

drambuie: Resident Muslim: 2) what kind of culture is it when you need proof for why you were one minute late?!

I work at a major university in Tokyo, and I was once 1 minute late (electronic time card). The train wasn't late, I just apparently walked a little slowly that day. HR sent me a form to fill out, which I had to have approved by my supervisor, and send back to HR, who then sent me a confirmation. Total time wasted by HR staff, my supervisor and me to deal with this: 15-20 minutes.

I love Japan, but sometimes the paperwork is out of control.


As I previously stated, I wouldn't last a week in that environment.  I'd return the damn card filled out with "reason for being late" as "to annoy the hell out of you" or something else less polite.  Hell, I caused an uproar a few years back when I actually told the Tokyo office a flat out "no" to a request.  I refuse to go along with a cultural tapdance to avoid that bullshiat.
 
2013-09-22 05:23:23 AM
Japan has some really interesting ideas about train drivers. e.g. they're required to salute every signal as they pass them. Don't know if it works as a safety measure but it'd be interesting to see if it did.
 
2013-09-22 05:39:53 AM

SirEattonHogg: plushpuppy: King Something: beautifulbob: It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.

*Note: offer only valid for schoolgirls, office girls and sufficiently hot traps.


You can keep your petite nuble school girls.  We got this on BART...


[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x617]


GAHHHHHHHH! She can say it as much as she likes, but that don't make it true!
 
2013-09-22 05:41:59 AM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: SirEattonHogg: plushpuppy: King Something: beautifulbob: It is also the cheapest way to get groped by a middle aged Asian man.

*Note: offer only valid for schoolgirls, office girls and sufficiently hot traps.


You can keep your petite nuble school girls.  We got this on BART...


[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x617]

GAHHHHHHHH! She can say it as much as she likes, but that don't make it true!


That's part of the ongoing "everybody is beautiful" crap.

Allow me to retort.  Beauty may only be skin deep, but ugly goes right to the bone.
 
2013-09-22 07:25:04 AM

OgreMagi: drambuie: Resident Muslim: 2) what kind of culture is it when you need proof for why you were one minute late?!

I work at a major university in Tokyo, and I was once 1 minute late (electronic time card). The train wasn't late, I just apparently walked a little slowly that day. HR sent me a form to fill out, which I had to have approved by my supervisor, and send back to HR, who then sent me a confirmation. Total time wasted by HR staff, my supervisor and me to deal with this: 15-20 minutes.

I love Japan, but sometimes the paperwork is out of control.

As I previously stated, I wouldn't last a week in that environment.  I'd return the damn card filled out with "reason for being late" as "to annoy the hell out of you" or something else less polite.  Hell, I caused an uproar a few years back when I actually told the Tokyo office a flat out "no" to a request.  I refuse to go along with a cultural tapdance to avoid that bullshiat.


I noticed it's also a hoot trying to get our colleagues Japan to follow our procedures and timelines. Certain tasks have certain predetermined timelines which they promptly ignore and then expect us to drop everything else turn around our side right away. I never knew how much it must piss them often when I send my boilerplate response that the work will be turned around according to standard timelines and that if they need it sooner to follow the expedited procedure.
 
2013-09-22 08:44:51 AM

chitownmike: darwinpolice: chitownmike: They do the same on the metra lines in Chicago if I ever need one it is time to work on my resume

My girlfriend mentions that frequently.  She moved here (Philadelphia) from Chicago, and I'm pretty sure she still thinks that the public transit system here is an elaborate practical joke on her.

Well, to be fair the CTA is a completely different story and not a good one


CTA is a hell of a lot better than SEPTA. Philly's transit system is mind-boggling bad. MUNI can suck it, too.
 
2013-09-22 08:48:28 AM
I'm not gonna lie, whenever I'm visiting the big smoke and it's rush hour I find it amusing as hell slowing down/stopping to tie shoelaces in front of flustered commuters. The response is always the same, tutting and a look like they want to murder your first born. So yeah, chill folks, a 5 minute delay to your day is not literally the end of the world, maybe leave a little earlier or something if you're worried about your job but this is most definitely a first world problem.
 
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