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We ask for passengers’ understanding, realizing that the policy may cause some inconvenience. But it is necessary for sustainable operations of rail lines.


A spokesperson for East Japan Railway Co (JR East), which is removing station clocks at a rapid pace as part of efforts to slash maintenance costs.

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Could take some time.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

I know we all have the time on our Candy Crush players, but no clocks in train stations is just weird.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

the entire human race has a smartphone. This shouldn't be a problem.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Makes sense. They'll be keeping the platform displays. It makes no sense to be spending a large amount of money providing a service that 99.9% of people have on their wrist or in their pocket.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Every bet, you’ll miss the clock one day, in the most urgent moment and with no working smartphone available. Then you’ll experience directly what big error you’ve done or supported.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

removed the station clock here a couple of years ago.... but installed surveil.... I mean, security cameras instead.... also no longer supply takehome timetables.... and far fewer trains, with less space.... and no kaisuuken any more..... no cleaning either.... give it 20 years and there'll just be half-empty shinkansen and little or no service to a million little towns like this one.... so all the oldsters will keep on driving their K-cars....

5 ( +5 / -0 )

And here I thought they were announcing they were going to introduce metal detectors or some new security barriers, but that would have been too logical, and too pricey for this cheap-arse company.

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Big station clocks are a part of the furniture and provide a need that helps catch the last-minute train which will leave while I stumble for my phone.

who takes several minutes fumbling for a smartphone?

0 ( +3 / -3 )

What a crock! They can cut costs in many other ways. All those super bright lights could be dimmed or most could even be TURNED OFF during the day time or run on solar power. Hell, the clocks could be run on solar power.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

a glance at a large clock and a dash can mean catching that important train

if you're on a platform and looking at a clock, you're.......on a platform and ready to get on a train.

Opening a phone or even worse asking a train staff member and I won't catch it.

opening a phone and checking the time takes a grand total of 4 seconds max.

But if for some reason you can't break that 4 second barrier, let me tell you about a recent invention called a "wrist-watch"

Every man should have one.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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