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The typhoon conundrum still baffles Japan’s rail companies

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When I headed to the station for my commute on Oct. 12, I brought along spare clothes and toiletries. I prepared for the possibility that the approaching Typhoon No. 19 might force cancellations of train services in central Tokyo, preventing me from returning home.

Stores in front of the station were already closed, with adhesive tape stuck to the glass doors in such patterns as an X, a plus or something similar to an asterisk, apparently to prevent shards from flying off if the doors were broken.

Shinjuku Station, which is usually thronged with passengers on weekends, was almost deserted. There were no station employees running around to deal with a chaotic situation nor long lines of people waiting for train services to resume.

My experiences show how Japanese have become........

© The Asahi Shimbun