|Above, inside a Narita Express train car. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Taking a train in Japan is very commonplace. The Tokyo train system is so elaborate, that one really doesn't need to have a car.
However, there are some rules of etiquette that train-riders are expected to follow, but some of them are so minor that they are ignored by Japanese men.
RocketNews 24 has an interesting article on what breached rules that some are willing to let slide.
They begin it with:
Taking the train is by far the most common way to get around urban and suburban Japan. By its very nature, though, using public transportation means being out in public, which in Japan means following social norms about proper manners and not bothering your fellow passengers.
The average Tokyo commuter spends an hour each way on the train, though. It can be hard to follow all of the implicit rules of train etiquette during such a lengthy ride, and here are 10 minor breaches of etiquette that some Japanese men are willing to turn a blind eye to.To see what rules Japanese men are willing to let slide, go here.
Internet portal Web R25 recently surveyed 200 men on the subject. The respondents, all working adults between the ages of 20 and 39, were given a list of behaviors that, while not outright prohibited, are generally frowned upon while riding the train, and asked to pick up to three that they personally had no problem with others doing.