Train Trivia:Japanese trains have people who push people on the train.

Japanā€™s trains are often overcrowded during the morning and evening rush hours, when millions of people use the…

Japanā€™s trains are often overcrowded during the morning and evening rush hours, when millions of people use the trains at once. To get as many people in the trains as possible, train companies employ pushers, who they call oshiya.


Train Trivia:Japanese trains have people who push people on the train.
Train Trivia:Japanese trains have people who push people on the train.

Pushers do exactly what their names suggest. They push people into trains. They also have the secondary role of stopping commuters from entering full train cars. Pushing is actually aĀ complicated professionĀ despite how easy the job sounds. Training alone takes as long as six months. Pushers are required to inform commuters before they start pushing and only push gently by the back or shoulder.

They are also required to push with both hands so that they can be balanced, and they must have good footing so thatĀ passengersĀ trying to get onto the train wonā€™t push them inside. Becoming a pusher is not a viable career route because it is a part-time job. Pushers only push during the rush hours.

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