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Japan Keeps Train Station Operating For One Special Passenger

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The Government Saves The Day!


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Japan Railways, the company that runs all of the country’s rail systems, heard these parents’ voices and decided to rise to the call — for the one girl who rides the train from Kyu Shirataki, the doors of the station will remain open for her as long as she needs to get to school. Specifically, the company agreed to keep operating out of the under-used location until she graduates from high school — this coming March. But it’s not just the students that Japan’s commitment to education is benefitting — the responsibility and care the Japanese government shows toward its people is having a ripple effect across the country! Keep reading to learn how Japan’s commitment to schools is schooling America.

A Government Worth Dying For

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As this story has gained traction, Japanese citizens have been quick to pick up on one key link in the chain – when the government gives to the people in meaningful ways, people want to give back to their government in meaningful ways. As one commenter put it on CCTV’s FaceBook page, “Why should I not want to die for a country like this when the government is ready to go an extra mile just for me? This is the meaning of good governance penetrating right to the grassroots level. Every citizen matters. No Child left behind!”

The Trains Aren’t The Only Thing Getting Old

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However, while this story shows the eagerness of the Japanese government to make the transportation system truly work for its people, the fact is that as high-speed rail systems are replacing the old systems, like the one that picks up our high school student Kyu-Shirataki, throughout the country. Combine this with the fact that Japan’s population is aging fast while birthrates are at an all time low (Japan could lose up to a third of its population by 2060), and it appears that trains like the one picking up our friend in Kyu-Shirataki might be faithfully chugging on while a junkyard sentence grows nearer and nearer.