Smartphones cause train delays in Japan

June 20, 2016

By Lucky Malicay, Digital Journal

Tokyo – Due to the rising cases of train delays, a Japanese railway company plans to intensify the campaign that urges passengers not to use their smartphones when getting on or off trains. Website Insert Real Numbers copy

According to a recent survey of the East Japan Railway Company or JR East, dropped cell phones have caused more than 20 percent of train delays in Japan.

The survey, conducted in Tokyo and six prefectures in eastern Japan from April to May, showed that 23 percent of the 229 train delays caused by objects falling onto tracks were attributed to passengers accidentally dropping their smartphones.

Aside from mobile phones, other falling objects that caused delays included hats, umbrellas and shoes.

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