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Oh yes, the difference, sir, the difference!In germany, the DB doesn't consider a train delayed until he is overdue for 5 minutes. And there are still a lot of trains late. To compare: nearly the same number of passengers as in the whole of germany are going through Shinjuku, not to mention number 2 (Shibuja) and and 3 not far away. And there it is also 7seconds before the conductor has to file his misbehavior. A train being 5 minutes late would probably upset teh whole system lol.by the way shibuya is under reconstruction, including a website just for this. Train your japanese ;) http://re-shibuya.jp/
Haha, yes! If a train was five minutes late in a place like Shinjuku, it would be in danger of colliding with the next train.
WTH? In the U.S. Late is like 5-10 minutes, and that's not that bad considering a train come's every hour to hour and 1/2.
... That's so true X'D Each and every foreign friend who came here made a remark about our trains...
Oh gawd. In Barcelona, if a train arrives half an hour late, it's normal...
For some actual facts on this:In Switzerland a train counts as late if it arrives at least 3 minutes after the scheduled time.The train company's official goal is to have 89% of trains arrive on time.The actual result was 88.0% for 2012, 87.5% for 2013 and 87.7% for 2014.
That's actually fascinating. Not too far off with the comic, then!
Ha, ha. It's the same in Japan. On one occasion I wasn't sure which platform my train left from, but I knew when it left, so I was able to work out whch was my train by the departure time as I knew it would leave at the precise second it was timetabled to.