Sleeping 8-year-old boy left on Yokohama bus at terminal station


An 8-year-old boy sleeping on a Yokohama municipal bus was left on the bus after the driver failed to inspect the vehicle after arriving at the last stop.

The incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Fuji TV reported. The bus driver neglected to walk through the bus to see if all passengers had disembarked after the vehicle arrived at Hodogaya. He closed the door while an 8-year-old boy who had been traveling by himself was asleep at the back.

Approximately 45 minutes later, another employee noticed a boy waving from the bus window and opened the door for him. 

The Yokohama City Transportation Bureau issued an apology and said it will strive to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.

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Did they take the kid home too?

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Lazy driver. Hard to believe you'd miss this even by accident.

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8 years old is too young to be traveling alone on a bus. I don’t care what the crime rate is in Japan, that’s neglect

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NEVER let your child ride alone in the buses here, I have witnessed some horrible things. Other passengers will just look away and pretend nothing's going on.

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Kids of this age traveling alone by bus and train are as common a sight in Japan as there is and most people still keep an eye out for them, that is what makes this story newsworthy. Undoubtedly the bus company rushed this little guy to where he needed to be when he was discovered.

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Wren: Did you intervene?

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@Tommy Yes I did, I'm a teacher so its instinctive to step in and protect children from harm. Bus drivers won't do anything either.

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Wrem: Good for you. I never hesitate to step in when a bully is going about their business.

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Glad the boy was alright. Once in Wakayama City back in the day, I got on a train with all doors open that was heading to the depot for the night. At the time I did not understand Japanese at all. The doors shut and took me about a quarter mile to the depot. The train conductor walked through and found me and we joked in hand signal language as he did not speak English. I got to walk on the tracks back to the station and was personally delivered to my proper train.

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