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Tokyo Train Leaves 20 Seconds Early, Apologizes For ‘Severe Inconvenience’

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A Tokyo train left 20 seconds early Tuesday, leaving the train company to apologize for the “severe inconvenience” for commuters.

The Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company, a Japanese commuter train company was deeply embarrassed after leaving 20 seconds early at the Akihabara station in Tokyo. The train arrived promptly at 40 seconds after 9:43 a.m.  on Nov. 14 and was supposed to leave at 9:44:40 a.m. The train accidentally left 20 seconds earlier due to the crew failing to check the time, reported NTD.

In a statement translated by Sora News 24, the company wrote, “We deeply apologize for the severe inconvenience imposed upon our customers.”

Despite the railway company being ashamed of the error, the next train arrived four minutes later, according to the train’s timetable, reported NPR.

The train company did not receive any formal complaints, however, commuters watches usually are synchronized with train station clocks.

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