Take A Look At Why The Tokyo Metro Is Known As ‘Commuter Hell’

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The term for riding the subway in Tokyo — tsukin jigoku — translates literally as commuter hell.

A familiar sight to any Japanese commuter is the vision of smushed faces against window glass, as uniformed attendants push men, women and children alike into the packed metro in order to keep the trains moving.

This overcrowded transportation system carries 8.7 million riders daily, making it the busiest metro in the world.

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title=”Instead, the residents of Tokyo rely overwhelmingly on public transportation: almost 57 per cent of all travel in Tokyo is done on trains and buses.”
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title=”As a result, most metro lines are dangerously overcrowded, with some lines running at 199% capacity.”
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title=”Riding on the metro in Tokyo is called “tsukin jigoku,” or commuter hell. “Train pushers” are transit workers hired to stuff bodies into the subway cars during rush hour, as seen in the video below:”
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title=”Another term born from commuter hell is “chikan”: train groper. Over 4000 men are arrested each year for groping women in crowded train cars, and 17 per cent of Japanese women have admitted to being groped in public at some point in their lives.”
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title=”To combat this growing problem, despite the risk of greater overcrowding, Tokyo introduced women-only cars in 2005. This has been seen as a success by women, as well as men who no longer fear false accusations.”
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title=”The government’s goal is to cut car capacities to 150 per cent, with the aim of reducing the number of riders treated for breathing problems.”
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title=”In the meantime, some Japanese people have found the only permanent solution: moving away. As a Tokyo transplant told the Digital Journal, “I wonder myself how I could have put up with such inhumane conditions for so many years.””
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