Apology after Japanese train leaves 20 seconds early

Japan's trains are famous for their punctuality. Japan's rail network is the envy of the world. You can set your watch by Japanese trains. Most rail companies apologize when trains are delayed or cancelled trains. However, the operators of a Tokyo train apologized for one of its trains leaving 20 seconds too early. The high-speed train left a station earlier than scheduled because staff did not check the departure timetable. There were no complaints from passengers.

The Tsukuba Express company said its crew failed to accurately perform the departure operations. It "deeply" apologized for the "severe inconvenience" caused, even though the next train was just four minutes later. A Twitter user wrote the apology was, "one of the best things about Japan". A UK commuter tweeted about British trains being late. He said: "You don't get an apology from any major UK train company until they're over 2 hours late."