Andy in Tokyo

Tokyo’s Rush-Hour Rudeness

May 15th 2009
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Thank you for your f***ing kindness!

It’s been a couple of years since my last Tokyo rush-hour post, but something happened recently that I have to moan about:

I was on a fairly busy train to work yesterday morning. As usual the seats were all taken so I stood towards the middle of the carriage. At one stop a woman boarded the train and stood next to me. Despite the fact that she was obviously heavily pregnant not a single person offered to give up their seat for her. It was only when a few people got off the train at Shinjuku that I was able to offer her the now-vacated seat in front of me, which she gladly accepted.

This kind of behaviour absolutely infuriates me. Surely any physically fit adult with a smidgeon of human decency would give up their seat for a pregnant woman?

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  1. Joe says:

    Luckily doesn’t seem to be as bad here in London, even the teenagers shouting and playing music on their phones offer their seats to the elderly.

  2. oweynge says:

    i feel the same way, but sometimes people just don’t notice.

    i was riding the train once diving in and out of sleep, tired from work, I only realized maybe 20 or so minutes into the ride that there was an oba-chan somewhere in front of me. Quickly gave up the seat.

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