An apology has been issued by West Japan Railways for a train inexplicably departing one second early on May 11, shortly after an apology was issued for the train stopping one centimeter over the designated stopping point, and 10 minutes before an apology was issued for a rigorous pointing session performed without white gloves.
“Absolutely disgusting,” said one commuter, “they could have poked my eye out with that skin-colored pointing frenzy.”
JR West issued several moushi wake gozaimasens in an official press release.
According to the press release, a train departing Notogawa Station in Shiga Prefecture, mistakenly pulled away from the platform at 7:11:59 a.m., a full one second prior to 7:12:00 a.m.
JR West stated, “The great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable, our train conductor, Wakabayashi-san, will be carrying out a seppuku ritual at a future date yet to be determined.”
Train conductor Akira Takeshita fell victim to the same fate in November last year.
“Wakabayashi-san delivered a very touching letter to each commuter impacted by the anti-delay stating how moushi wake gozaimasen he was,” reported TV journalist Shinji Kimura.
“No, literally, he touched most women when he handed them the letter.”