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Would you rather be late or on time?

(Un)Acceptable lateness (image via Clem Onojeghuo)

Can you coax a train out of a tunnel? Probably not, unless you’re Darth Vader or a magician.

America is the land where trains are prone to lateness. So we find things to do to fill in the gaps like passing the yellow line to “lean-and-look.”

In contrast, trains in Japan run on time. If it’s late, the train will write you a note to pass on to your employer. It’s no wonder it’s acceptable for Japanese business folks to fall asleep in meetings; they don’t get to take advantage of the public transportation’s mistakes.

Would you rather be late or on time?

Bonus: Read more why the American rail is so backward.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.