Hi,friends.I will write about a jam-packed train I usually see every morning on my way to work in Tokyo.Although I’m used to come across the situation above the photo,you guys living in other countries might feel weird. Especially Tokyo,Osaka,Nagoya are the most crowded and popular cities for business or schools in Japan that mean people are gathered and gets jammed even more.Those terrible commutation by trains makes Japanese depressed and not wanna go to work or schools.As for me,I was living in rural are HACHIOJI,TOKYO 4 years ago and had to commute to the office by train for 1 hour and half,it was like hell.Then I’ve decided to move to SHIBUYA where is near the workplace. But there are still lots of employees spending over 1 hour for just commutation every day in the company I’m working at.It’s true that 70% of my colleagues have no choice but to commute from countryside by train for their family.Are you able to stand it with you packed in too crowded train for over an hour every morning? I couldn’t unfortunately…
①Why doesn’t Japanese use their own cars for commutation?
If you live in above gigantic cities such as Tokyo,Osaka,Nagoya in Japan,it’s very costly for you to just park your own cars.Now,I’m living in the middle of Tokyo,Shibuya,it costs 300～400USD for just parking per month.Aside from that,the cost of running a car,including insurance,amounts to a great deal to be honest.It’s way over the top and the reason that people stay away from holding cars and lead them to use public transportation.What’s worse,in general most of the Japanese companies don’t have parking lots for their employees that force them to use the Jam-packed train everyday. That’s why almost of my friends don’t have their own cars.If we need one for vacations or something necessary,we are gonna rent one from rental car shops.
②Why don’t they move to near workplaces in those big cites?
Because the rent of house in big cites is too high for their salary.It is said,the salary for 30 year-old man in Japan is approximate 280,000 yen net (About 2,600USD*1USD=109Yen)a month.On the other hand,the average rent 2DK for central Tokyo SHIBUYA is approximate 200,000 Yen(About 1,800USD*1USD=109Yen).As you can see,it’s all due to the rent.
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