A Japanese train driver is suing his employer after his wages were docked 56 yen ($0.50) over a minute-long delay to the country’s famously punctual rail system. The country’s rail system is famously efficient and punctual, and regularly cited as an example for networks around the world.
The driver is seeking 2.2 million yen ($19,470) in damages for mental anguish caused by the ordeal, according to sources. He had been scheduled to move an empty train to a garage in Okayama station in western Japan, but went to the wrong platform. The mix-up delayed the driver changeover and meant the train departed the station and arrived at the depot a minute later than scheduled.