Japanese Train Station Remains Open Till Students Graduates
How would you feel if you had your own private train to drop you off at school every day and then pick you up and take you home? This happened on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Although the route of this railway line was underused, Japan Railways kept its almost abandoned station functioning for a teenage school girl, Kana, so she could continue her studies.
The stops the train makes in this route are only two to a few at the Kyu-Shirataki station, once early in the morning to pick up Kana and take her to school and another to take her back home. Sometimes other children hop on at a third stop to get back home as well.
The Japanese group controlling the railway network had already announced shutting down the Hokkaido station due to its underuse but changed their plans after discovering who it was being used by.
Now, the train station will remain open until Kana graduates.
Japanese citizens are showing their respect towards the company and the government, who demonstrated their care for education and for every single citizen.
When the news was published on Facebook, commenters posted “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 grassroot level. Every citizen matters. No child left behind!” said another.
No doubt that after this act, the most rural parts of the country will remember just what the railway did for this girl.