Tokyo -- world's most populous city -- has grown rapidly since the war with new apartments springing up along the railroad lines.
Tokyo -- world's most populous city -- has grown rapidly since the war with new apartments springing up along the railroad lines. The population is counted at nearly 10 million, and four million persons try to board trains each morning and night to travel to and from their homes and offices. The result is near mayhem. Crowds are so heavy that police squads have been called to help platform guards. When trains are filled to capacity, the guards help even more commuter through the doors, pushing and shoving. Many injuries have been reported, and it's a rare day when several windows are not broken and doors jammed. Extra trains have been added for the rush hour -- but travelling remains a night-mare. The Japanese have tried staggering business and school hours, too, but that doesn't seem to have made much difference. That government has set up a special committee to study the situation and try to come up with recommendations for easing commuter travel.
Heavy crowding also leads to commuter delays, so the railroads have had to print special late arrival notices which workers present to their employers. And every day, workers have a pile of buttons to remind them of the crush.