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Messaging app LINE experiments with service to help pregnant women find seats on trains

The app connects expectant mothers looking for empty seats with passengers wanting to relinquish theirs.

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Train otaku’s YouTube channel is packed full of funky music videos dedicated to stations

Rock to the beat of station names and level up your knowledge of Japan’s railway system while you’re at it.

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Japanese adult acts as perfect train driver using just a children’s picture book 【Video】

Makes us realize some of those things are actually made for grown-ups.

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Modern fable of two strangers on the train moves Japanese Twitter users with message of kindness

The story of an old man and a student whose only connection was taking the same train every morning has gone viral in Japan.

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Hanshin Rail Line gives hilariously cute reason for train delay

This has to be the cutest excuse for a train delay we’ve ever seen involving a train driver, a dog, and a cookie.

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Japan’s train conductors would like to remind everyone not to attack them

Apparently people in Japan are finding it harder and harder not to assault their friendly neighborhood train station staff as incidents of assault are on the rise.

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Aichi Police send unorthodox message to molesters via poster with homoerotic undertones

At a first glance, you’d probably be hard pressed to figure out what this poster is promoting, but that may be the genius of it.

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Party on the Seibu line! Rent a train car for your alumni buddies—beer included

All aboard the party train!

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Eva train gets new visual, campaign bonuses

The Evangelion Shinkansen opened its doors in November. Modeled after Unit-01, the inside has a cockpit simulator, dioramas, and enough beer to get Misato drunk.

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Seasonal rescue bus service rolled out for snoozy passengers who miss their train station

Drunken revellers, rejoice! This festive season you can snooze past your train stop all you like—the rescue bus has got you covered!

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Drunk government employee allegedly gropes woman on train, then molests her rescuer as well

The unfortunate incident occurred on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line in Tokyo and ended with the government employee’s arrest.

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Check out this thug on a train getting owned after picking a fight with the wrong guy

In the following video, a hooded man looking to pick a fight with a fellow passenger gets an unpleasant surprise when the passenger pulls out some smooth moves to put him in his place. Let’s just say payback sucks.

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This is how Japan’s train-cleaning crews clean the Shinkansen in only seven minutes

Riding the Shinkansen in Japan is always a fun experience. Not only does it go super-fast (you can totally feel those G-forces!), it’s also guaranteed to be quiet and incredibly clean. But with 323 Shinkansen trains departing from Tokyo every day, how do they find the time to clean all those trains?

Well, it turns out that it takes a highly synchronised team of mega-efficient cleaners only seven minutes to clean each train – since that’s all the time they have!. And here’s an incredible video of how they do it!

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“Sleeping angel” in a high school uniform trolls Japanese train passengers and Internet users

There she is, that heavenly high school beauty dozing across from you on the train, complete with a handwritten message on the window not to disturb her peaceful slumber. You stare lovingly at her angelic sleeping face…only to realize that yep, you’ve been tricked, big time.  

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Three foreign tourists arrested for molestation in Japan after thinking it was normal behavior

Given the size and longevity of the adult entertainment industry, it’s safe to say that such products serve a purpose in societies everywhere. However, one purpose for which adult videos should never be used is as travel guides for visiting other countries.

You might think that would be common sense but apparently we can’t stress the point enough after there has been a recent spate of molestation committed by foreign tourists who claim to have thought it was normal behavior in Japan after watching Japanese adult videos.

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Famed sleeper train to be retired, turned into luxury mobile hotel “Twilight Express Mizukaze”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Japan is kind of the King of Trains. In addition to the well-known commuter trains, there are also popular sightseeing trains, and believe it or not, head-down-lower-than-your-shoulders and drooling-on-the-guy-in-the-seat-next-to-you aren’t the only ways to sleep while riding the rails in Japan, because the country actually has some pretty great sleeper trains too!

Train fanatics will soon be mourning the loss of one such train, however, as Japan’s longest running sleeper train, Twilight Express, is scheduled to do its final run on March 12 from Osaka to Sapporo. Sad as it is, there is a silver lining to this story as the retired train is going to be replaced by a new train that would frankly run its senpai off the tracks, the “Twilight Express Mizukaze.”

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Kind train station staff help lost entrance exam takers get to, and hopefully into, high school

Many people who have spent time in Japan have stories of someone doing something really nice for them out of simple kindness. Such encounters range from getting a bag of onions from a shop owner to receiving an umbrella from a stranger, while standing in pouring rain (both true stories). Even on the job, workers’ kindness and sense of duty to show such consideration comes through in the form of outstanding customer service.

Such was the case in Chiba Prefecture last week when two junior high school students got on the wrong train and were about to be late to one of the most important tests of their lives: the public high school entrance exam. Thanks to some kind Japan Rail staff, they made it— although, we’re not sure if they passed.

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Moe, more moe! Taiwan is in the running to be the next moe-land with these cute anime mascots!

Last year, Taiwanese netizens went gaga when one of the local subway systems, the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (KMRT), introduced two moe mascots to liven up their stations. The two anime girls, Xiao Qiong and Emilia, stirred up such a huge sensation, it seemed as if they were the only example of their kind in the country, but Taiwan has more moe than that!

If moe culture is your cup of tea, you’ll probably like this because we’ve got more Taiwanese anime mascots after the jump!

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Aw snap yo! JR Kyushu’s really cheap “Gachi Ticket” is in the hizzouse!

Wassup young people, I’m speaking your language today to tell you about to totally tubular deal from JR Kyushu! They’re offering some super-rad discounts of up to 40% off on train fares around the island of Kyushu for a seriously limited time.

It’s called the Gachi Ticket, where “gachi” is a new word the kids in Japan are using that’s hard to translate to English but somewhere along the lines of “for realz!” and “aww psssht it’s on!”

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Ouch! That’s awkward: Fleeting train romance wasn’t quite as it seemed

It was a moment all romantics dream of: He’s sitting in a train stopped at a station when he locks eyes with a cute girl waiting on the platform… but then the train leaves, the girl is gone forever and he’s left with nothing but the memory. This happened to one lucky guy, but unfortunately, the other person saw the experience a little differently.

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