Majority oppose 24 hour buses and trains

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A topic that has recently come to the fore is buses and/or trains running around the clock in Tokyo. It was covered on last night’s news as one of the ideas being floated to increase Japan’s attractiveness to foreign investors. However, one major negative issue is that currently the last train home is often the only excuse employees have for leaving work (labour protection laws are poorly enforced, and the pressure from societal norms means a lot of unpaid overtime is worked) or indeed obligatory after-work drinkies, so removing the final escape route could make the average employees lot much worse.

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So, with that in mind, Yahoo! conducted an open news poll asking is 24 hour city buses and underground necessary? At the time of writing, seven days into an ten-day poll, 41,587 people have voted. 22% say both are needed, 5% say buses only, and 17% underground only. However, these three are outweighed by the noes to both, with 58% saying that both forms of round-the-clock public transport are not necessary.

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  1. Steven said,
    April 24, 2013 @ 12:54

    It sounds like Japan needs to enforce its labor laws. I was expecting the nays to come from different reasons, such as noise pollution.

  2. Tim Selander said,
    April 24, 2013 @ 19:26

    Hey, nice pic! Did you take it? I’ve walked across that bridge practically every day for the past 30 years. Subway exit on one side, company on the other!

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