Greater Tokyo Area is the world’s most populous metropolitan area with its 35,327,000. A lot of people. Moving. Japan is a country that surely recognize the many advantages of rail transport, including its convenience, energy efficiency, low pollution, and safety. Every day millions of Tokyo residents commute from their houses in the suburbs back and forth to work or to school. There are 13 subway lines in Tokyo, many of them are linked up with commuter lines and extend their service to the suburbs.
They currently carry more than 7 million passengers per day. On an average base they spend 74,5 minutes to go one way from home to work. Two hours and a half on a train, every day, is a lot of time. Specially if we consider how much time most Japanese people spend working. 28 percent of the people living in Tokyo work more than 50 hours a week. Some 16 percent double their weekly hours schedule working overtime. In the last ten years more than 30.000 people died because overworking. Occupational sudden deaths. Those who don’t die commute on trains. And sleep. At any hour of the day. People of any age, occupation, social class, suburb. They get on the train, find a seat and sleep till the stop they have to get off at. Even if it’s just one.
The reportage was published on Vanity Fair Italy.