Saturday, May 17, 2008

Scary World of Japanese Subways

Oh, yeah. Unlike other places, you don't have to worry about muggers or rapists or vandals or panhandlers. No need to worry that someone will rip off your wallet while you are crashed out, drunk out of your mind on the last train home. No matter how crowded it is, no one gets belligerently in-your-face and it's rare that you come across another passenger who's too crazy for comfort. Operators aren't too concerned about terrorists (though they should be: in 1995, the Aum Shinrikyo wackos attacked multiple trains with sarin gas) or floods (this happened, too, a few years ago during a massive typhoon) or earthquakes (a very real threat).

No, in the Scary World of Japanese Subways, this month's Number One Threat is.....drum roll, please.....

WOMEN WHO TRY TO GET A FEW EXTRA MINUTES OF SLEEP IN THE MORNING BY MULTITASKING ON THE TRAIN!!!

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