China’s CCTV News has recently posted a heart-warming story on Facebook about the Japanese railway authorities. It turns out they have been keeping a single train station is a small secluded village open for just one passenger – a high school student.
The post read: “The Kyu-Shirataki-Shirataki train station is located in Japan’s north island of Hokkaido. Three years ago, due to its remote location and ending of freight trains, the Japan Railway (JR) decided to close it down. However, they changed their minds after they discovered a young girl used the station to go to high school every day.”
This is somewhat refreshing news in a world where community services have been increasingly dictated to economics.
In this unique scenario, the only two trains that stop at the station do so for the young girl. There is a “unique timetable depending on when the girl needs to go to school and back.”
Japan Railway are intending to keep the station open until she graduates, which is March 2016.