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Japan: Falling Asleep on Trains

Categories: East Asia, Japan, Economics & Business, Technology

A Tsukuba Express train driver fell asleep at the wheel and was reported by a customer who used his cell phone to film the driver's slumber. While many bloggers expressed relief that this didn't cause an accident, ruhiginoue wonders why the line needs drivers [1] [ja] when it's equipped with an automatic train operation system (ATO [2]) and blogger a205750un asks if there's something in the electromagnetic rays that induces sleepiness [3] [ja].