Train driver sues Japan Rail…over 56 yen for a one-minute delay

Originally published on Sora News by Oona McGee

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Japanese trains are widely praised for their punctuality, but this precise, to-the-minute timekeeping is now at the centre of a dispute between a train driver and West Japan Railway Company.

According to reports, the male driver, who works for the Okayama branch of JR West, is seeking payment of 56 yen (US$0.49) in unpaid wages after a mishap that occurred during his shift on 18 June last year.

The driver says he was scheduled to deadhead an empty train at the Okayama Station depot that morning, and was waiting at

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