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Trivia: Japanese "Pushers" Squeeze People Into Overcrowded Trains

In Japan's, oshiyas or "pushers" are employed to squeeze people onto the overcrowded subway and train cars.

They also perform the job of a "puller-off," pulling off passengers who try to get on the train too late or when the train is too full.

Why, there's a YouTube video clip of the oshiyas in action - Thanks Christophe!


Ted - That's why travel books tell tourist to stay away from the Japanese trains and go for the private ones. You can get groped over and over again and the Japanese find it proper to ignore it.
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we experienced it once when we visited tokyo (and it was an interesting experience!) nothing quite that extreme, but as we were the biggest (tallest) people in the carriage it was a mad squeeze, the guys on the platform kept gesturing for more people to get one, it was crazy!

It was only during rush hour so the rest of the holiday we were fine. The guide book said that every visitor should experience it once!
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@nickelking: don't be sceptical - this is for real. Only really during rush hour though. I live in Tokyo and experience this every day to an extent. It's worst when it rains.
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